Nico Rosberg has pointed the finger towards Lewis Hamilton for their incident on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, claiming that he had the inside line and went a bit deep.
After Hamilton had been hounding Rosberg for the final four laps of the race, the pair came together at Turn Two when Rosberg ran into the side of Hamilton who was attempting a move on the outside.
Although Hamilton was the one who was hit, Rosberg came out of the collision worse as his front wing became detached and the German subsequently ran over half of it on his way to completing the final lap of the race.
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff said that Rosberg had bad a brake-by-wire failure on the last lap, however, Rosberg was keen to defend his own actions in the incident with his teammate.
“I am absolutely gutted, it is unbelievable,” Rosberg told Sky Sports F1 after the race.
“I was sure to win that race and then I lost it on the last lap. It is pretty intense.
“We were battling and I was struggling a little bit with my brakes because they got a bit hot in the end and my tyre were degrading, so that gave Lewis a chance and nevertheless I was hoping I could defend and bring it home.
“I had the inside position, a strong position and I went a bit deep into the corner which is fine because I dictate and I was very surprised that Lewis turned in and it caused a collision. I am absolutely gutted.”
Rosberg is now being investigated by the Stewards for driving a seriously damaged vehicle to the end of the race where he finished in fourth position.
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