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F1 Spanish GP: Rosberg irritated by Spa clash comparison

Nico Rosberg: I don't see why there's anyway of comparing this incident with what happened in Spa two years ago. It's completely different things. What similarities did you see?
Nico Rosberg says he sees no similarities between his clash with Lewis Hamilton in Spain and their coming together at Spa two years ago and wants talks with the team before 'future racing'.

After grabbing the lead at turn one from pole-sitter Hamilton, Rosberg lost speed when an incorrect engine setting left him down on power between turn three and four.

Hamilton closed in much quicker than anticipated and was forced on to the grass where he lost control of his W07 and spun into Rosberg at the entrance to the corner, skittling both cars out of the race.

With tensions simmering between the two F1 championship contenders Rosberg was asked whether it was a repeat of their clash at Spa in 2014 when the pair accused one another of running into each other. The German reacted robustly to the question and is looking for discussion with Mercedes management and Hamilton about future racing conduct.

“I don't see why there's anyway of comparing this incident with what happened in Spa two years ago,” Rosberg said. “It's completely different things. What similarities did you see?

“You say Toto says he's happy to let us race but I don't think happy is the right word. Maybe he has taken this decision but I'm sure happy is not the right word. Happy, for me, is really not the right word so I don't understand why you keep going with that.

“Let's see, what the discussions about future racing is, we haven't discussed that yet. I don't know.”

Niki Lauda, non-executive chairman at Mercedes AMG Petronas, pushed the blame on Hamilton while team principal Toto Wolff opted to remain on the fence claiming it 'a racing incident'.

The FIA stewards took a similar view to Wolff's with both drivers escaping punishment for the opening lap clash but Rosberg says he takes little comfort from the decision.

“I'm sitting here now with zero points and I was in the gravel trap and I was about to win that race, so what solace can I take,” Rosberg said. “I acknowledge Niki's opinion, he's an expert, but, in the end what counts it's the Stewards' decision and they decided it was a racing incident.

“It's the FIA's decision and we have no choice. They say it's a racing incident.”

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Nico Rosberg - Mercedes AMG Petronas
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14.05.2016 - Qualifying, Press conference, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid

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May 16, 2016 1:29 PM

WYNK: Looks like LH is winning the mind games on this one, the last three seasons have seen LH become more mature and NR less so, he needs to chill out.
hahahaha. winning the mind games? almost missed the playing of the national anthem....angrily pushing photographers aside....tarting up his thatch during national anthem,..fluffing the start again....mad lunge...????? whereas nico was completely composed.
So composed he forgot to twiddle the right button on the grid.... :) Awesome

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