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Lewis Hamilton claims Nico Rosberg crashed into him

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton has sensationally claimed Nico Rosberg deliberately crashed into him in Sunday’s controversial Belgian Grand Prix.

The incident occurred on lap two of the race at Spa-Francorchamps, with Hamilton leading after passing Mercedes team-mate and polesitter Rosberg off the line.

Approaching the right-hander Rosberg attempted a passing manoeuvre on Hamilton, only to seemingly back out. In doing so, it resulted in contact between the two for the first time, with Rosberg’s right front-wing endplate clipping Hamilton’s left-rear tyre.

It created a puncture that resulted in a long three-mile return back to the pits for Hamilton, ultimately wrecking his race in which he retired at the end of lap 39 of 44.

The incident resulted in a heated, angry meeting between Hamilton, Rosberg and Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff.

Hamilton said: “He basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose.

“He said he could have avoided it. He said ‘I did it to prove a point’, he basically said ‘I did it to prove a point’.

“And you don’t have to just rely on me. Go and ask all those guys at the meeting.”

 

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