Nico Rosberg has refused to take the blame for his collision with Lewis Hamilton, despite Hamilton claiming Rosberg admitted he hit him on purpose.
Following a team meeting relating to the contact between the drivers on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix – which resulted in a puncture for Hamilton who eventually retired – Hamilton claimed Rosberg “said he did it on purpose”
. However, Rosberg – also speaking after the meeting – said he felt
“I have seen it and I don't want to say what it definitely is,” Rosberg said. “The stewards' judged it as a racing incident and that's the way that one can describe it.”
Referencing the meeting that the team had held, Rosberg would not reveal what was said internally.
“We had a discussion, as is important after such circumstances, because obviously what happened cost the team a lot of points. That is the main focus and the biggest issue with such a happening as today. So, yes, we have of course discussed. 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.
“I don't want to go into such details, such as who apologised to who. Let's not go in to that.”
And Rosberg disagreed that he was to blame, saying he took Toto Wolff's comments that the incident was “unacceptable” as damning of both him and Hamilton.
“Unacceptable doesn't put the blame on either of us. From a team point of view it is not acceptable and I fully agree with that. At all times we must avoid such incidents.”