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.”