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Rosberg could face penalty for Belgium GP collision

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Mercedes dying out to review their policy of permitting their drivers to race each other freely after F1 title leader Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Latest many reports hint that, Rosberg could face punishment from Formula 1 bosses following Hamilton said the German admitted to deliberately colliding with him.

Causing a collision is an offence under F1’s sporting regulations. Had the information come to light before the result was finalised, the stewards would have investigated.

Nevertheless, motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA, has the power to re-open a case if further evidence comes to light.

Mercedes have already conceded that Hamilton’s remarks were a “broadly accurate” reflection of the post-race meeting.

Hamilton told reporters that the German, whose car’s front wing clipped Hamilton’s rear tyre in a failed effort to overtake, had done it on purpose.

“We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose,” repeated the Briton.

“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 (Mercedes team bosses) Toto (Wolff) and Paddy (Lowe) who are not happy with him as well,” said Hamilton.

“I was gobsmacked when I was listening to the meeting. You need to ask him what point he was trying to make.”
Rosberg separately told reporters that the collision was a racing incident.

“We had a discussion, as is important after such circumstances, because obviously what happened cost the team a lot of points,” he said.

“That is the main focus and the biggest issue with such a happening as today.”

“Unfortunately, I’m not going to go into any details, that wouldn’t be the right thing to do. We need to review and discuss how we move forward.”

The win was Ricciardo’s third win in six races in his first season with Red Bull who won their 50th race.
Rosberg has extended his lead over Hamilton in the standings with seven races left to go in the Formula 1 calendar.

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  • Senna 1

    So Rosberg escaped punishment for the , what 5th time? this season. Why don’t we just give him the title and skip the middle man? Every time this guy runs afoul of the rules………CRICKETS!!!!! the Fix Must be In F1! What a Weasel!

  • F1Racer

    What’s with this ‘crybaby’ trend amongst you anti-Hamilton mob ? Is this the only line you have ? It’s pretty tiring and pretty weak.
    Hamilton has taken a lot on the chin this season and just got on with it you’re only saying that nonsense for effect.

    If that was Rosberg showing he is not the underdog then he failed. Firstly he didn’t even need to show it and secondly, by doing so, has shown that when it comes to dignity and clean racing, he certainly does come 2nd best to Lewis and always will now.
    This isn’t just about Hamilton either, Rosberg let the team down and himself with that kind of stupidity. He not only prevented an almost certain 1-2 finish (whichever order) but he allowed another team to take the win. So criticise Hamilton all you want and in the same usual way you do every time there is something for YOU to cry about, but Hamilton has never done anything on that scale and really comes off as the better man.
    Rosberg can’t reverse what he did any more than we can reverse 1994 or 1997.
    I think the crowds reaction say it all. He’s tainted his own championship and that will always be known.

  • SimesJungles

    Rosberg was passed fairly by Hamilton off the grid then Rosberg caused a collision. I would say, and am sure most would agree, that that was not great driving by Rosberg. Him admitting he did it on purpose I find hard to believe but the collision looked a lot like petulant behaviour on Rosberg’s part. He got passed then took the huff?

  • Derek Andrews

    Great drive by Rosberg its pay back for cry baby Hamilton Rosberg was told to hold back behind Hamilton last year when he was faster. Last race it was agreed that Hamilton was on a two stop and Rosberg was on a 3 stop race he was told Hamilton would let him through he refused to do this and dissobeyed team orders how many times do you let the other driver walk over you i think the last race was the changing point so Rosberg needed to show he is not the underdog to Hamilton

  • Archi

    There is no news of an FIA/stewards meeting to discuss the incident, is there? It is not going to happen. We are talking about the same people who failed to bring in a safety car in Germany whilst a car was stuck in the middle of the road as would compromise Rosberg’s win.