Rosberg: Hamilton clash a 'racing incident'
25 August 2014 – Nico Rosberg has insisted the collision with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix was a "racing incident".
After the race, Hamilton told reporters that Rosberg had admitted in a post-race meeting that he had hit him deliberately.
However, publicly at least, the German maintains that what happened on the second lap was just one of those things.
"I regret that Lewis and myself touched, but I see it as a racing incident - just as the stewards did," confirmed Rosberg, who extended his championship lead to 29 points after recovering to finish second.
"We are here to entertain and to show the fans a good time, so our duels are always on the limit," he added.
"I was quicker down the straight and went to the outside as the inside line was blocked. I gave it a go and, after we touched, I realised that my front wing was damaged and thought that was it.
"In the next second I saw that Lewis also had a problem [with a left-rear puncture], which was very unfortunate for him and for the team.
"We sat down quickly after the race but there will be some more meetings to be held to avoid races like this."