Lewis Hamilton says he “will always put the team first” and won't take matters in to his own hands after his collision with Nico Rosberg at the Belgian Grand Prix.
After Rosberg clipped Hamilton's left rear wheel during Sunday's race, Hamilton claimed that a post-race meeting had seen his team-mate admit to deliberately not avoiding the incident
. While Rosberg has since said he has a “very different” version of events
, Hamilton also said at the time that he will not risk compromising Mercedes' chances in retaliation.
“I don't know how I'm going to get back those 30 points but what I do know is I've got a great group of people behind me,” Hamilton said. “The poor guys on my side of the garage have had quite a lot of bad races but I know with their support and the fans we've got a great car, a great team, we should be finishing one-two and I really hope that I can bring them some good results moving forwards. Whatever the case I will always put the team first and I won't take anything in to my own hands.”
Hamilton also said he was “gutted” not to be able to deliver a good result for a large British contingent in Belgium as he conceded the gap in the standings was beginning to look daunting.
“All I know is I've got to push; I've got a long way to come back from it. What was great this weekend was the support I've had from the fans and the support I've had on the parade lap when we went round. There's so many British flags [in Spa], caps and team tops and I'm gutted that I wasn't able to get a result for them this weekend.”