Hamilton baffled by Rosberg's driving
24 August 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says he "doesn't understand" the driving of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in their Belgian Grand Prix clash.
The pair made contact on the second lap of Sunday afternoon's Spa encounter when Rosberg tried to pass Hamilton at Les Combes.
Rosberg was able to continue with only minor damage to his front wing, while Hamilton crawled back to the pits with a left-rear puncture.
"I felt a big thud at the rear. I gave the guy space. I don't really understand it," Hamilton explained to reporters after the race.
"It's really gutting for the result and for all my team. We've had such a tough year, not just the guys on my side of the garage, but the whole team in general. This is not good for the team. We could've easily had a one-two."
Rosberg ultimately took second, with Hamilton retiring his car late on, a move he long felt was the correct call.
"It's not a giving up thing, I lost at least 40-50 points of downforce," he said. "I was driving the arse off the car and it was all over the place. I couldn't catch Romain Grosjean. It didn't even matter if the Safety Car came out.
"I wouldn't have been able to pass. I burnt up an engine in the last race. I already have one less than Nico."