Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014

Rosberg denies Hamilton’s account of Spa crash

2014 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine


Nico Rosberg has denied Lewis Hamilton’s explanation for the crash between the pair of them in Belgium, but declined to offer his own version of the events.

“I’ve been told what Lewis said in the press and the way he has stated his version of the events,” Rosberg said in a video posted to his official YouTube account today.

“All I can say is that my view of the events are very different. But the thing is it’s just better that I don’t now give all the details of my opinion and things like that. I hope you respect that.”

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Following a discussion between the pair of them and Mercedes management yesterday, Hamilton told media Rosberg “basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose. He said he could have avoided it. He said ‘I did it a prove a point’.”

Rosberg did not address Hamilton’s claim. “I prefer to just keep it internal, you know,” he said.

“We had a very good discussion, an important discussion after the race. As when such things occur we must sit down and review them and that’s what we did. Everybody gave his opinion, now we need to move forward.”

Rosberg expects further conversations about the incident will take place before the next race: “There will be another discussion for sure because we need to see if we need to change our approach in the future, as we did in Hungary. And we will do that.”

“The good thing is we really have great leadership in the team with Paddy [Lowe], Toto [Wolff] and with the help of Niki [Lauda],” he added. “And that really is important in such situations.”

“And therefore I’m confident that as always we’re going to find back to our way and keep on fighting in Monza.”

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  1. Lewisham Milton
    25th August 2014, 17:50

    He said, she said, he said, she said, yawn. Not sure which one’s the he and who’s the she.

    Talk to each other and sort it out, ya pair of toddlers. I don’t want to know about your sob-story selfie videos.

  2. We would not be talking about this issue if Nico Rosberg apologised on the day about his misjudgment in the overtaking and subsequent crash to Lewis Hamilton’s car. Nico caused the loss of points to his team. The longer Nico Rosberg refuses to acknowledge his part in the cause of damage to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s car, his actions will remain suspicious and his reputation questionable in the eyes of the fans. Just calling it a “racing incident” does not help Nico’s case in my opinion – it sounds so mechanical! Lastly, Nico Rosberg may be a “fast driver” however he comes across very arrogant and this is probably why he does not connect with the majority of the people who have given their opinion so far on social media about this issue.

  3. I think one of the most damaging things is Nico’s comments about British F1 fans, thats not good for Mercedes who is trying to sell cars to insult potential customers.

    1. He’s digging himself a big home there….

  4. Personally I like that Hamilton is emotional and says what he thinks for better and for worse. He has also been remarkably calm throughout all this and hasn’t been whining like some of you suggest, quite the opposite in fact which is surprising. Personally I don’t know why Nico does a video blog this was just PR drivel. The only thing he said is that he doesn’t agree with what Lewis said, which we all knew he would. Other than that he hasn’t offered any explanation as to what he did, and he hasn’t even done the obvious thing and say he screwed up and made a mistake, while at the same time apologising to his team and teammate. He hasn’t been professional, he’s been very immature, whatever he said in that meeting instead of just saying what I have above gave Hamilton all the ammo he needed to get the wider public and media on his side, like Hamilton wasn’t going to use it to his advantage and spill to anyone that would listen.

    1. Nico has been doing doing Vlogs for years for pretty much every race. This is not just PR drivel, its the place where he likes to send messages to his fans.

      1. Is there a message, an explanation in there to his fans about why he broke his front wing and didn’t see the race I don’t see it.

        1. I am also just talking about this particular video which is, a lot of Rosberg’s messages are great. Hated the last one though the massage table just made me angry for some reason.

      2. Fans, plural?
        Surely Skype would do the job fine.

  5. I was sick of the whole NR vs. LH drama before the summer break. Now NR goes amateur hour, touches up LH and here we go again. Wow, I’m getting all nostalgic for Merc’s 50+ year hiatus from F1.

    1. What ? so we can get back to RBR bitchfests ? BHahaha

    2. Formula Indonesia (@)
      26th August 2014, 16:18

      I still prefer 5 years merc domination compare to 4 years red bull domination

  6. As Martin Brundle keeps reminding fans (who pay attention) regarding Senna and in recent times Kobayashi about the racing mentality (spoiled childish attitude) of “I am coming through, now you decide whether we are going to have an accident or not”. These drivers believe in fighting tough. Hamilton is one such racer which has been consistently evident when he fights (not just comes) through the field (collisions with massa in 2011 and more recently in germany).
    Mature drivers back out to avoid an accident. They believe in fighting tough AND fair. Nico is one such racer as has been evident with his past racing especially in Bahrain this season.
    Contrast their track record for racing accidents for further evidence.
    THIS TIME he decided he has had enough and proved a point that “if you want an accident, I am done backing out, you are going to get an accident”.
    Clearly Lewis did not understand this complicated thought process and instead played the victim like some spoiled child (which is also very consistent and tragically so for such a gifted driver).
    It is also understandable why they used to be friends but not are anymore, as far as we know. One of them grew up.

    1. Actually I think you have that the wrong way round. Lewis whilst tough is also pretty fair.

      As to

      Mature drivers back out to avoid an accident. They believe in fighting tough AND fair. Nico is one such racer as has been evident with his past racing especially in Bahrain this season.

      You should look through previous videos, Nico is absolutely terrible and has a record of driving people off the track, wht he’s complaining about he’s done to many people including Lewis this year.

      1. I think Nico might be cracking under the pressure this is the 2nd race in a row where he started from pole and didn’t win, and in both races made a lot of mistakes, in this latest race he lost positions at the start, damaged his wing by making contact with his team mate costing the him and team valuable points, un top of that he went and flat spotted his tyres, i don’t think that cerebral label is going to last long if he throws the WDC away.

    2. hamilton vs massa india 2011— so you’re using that incident as an example of an indictment of hamilton and clearing rosberg? if so, you just proved yourself wrong. in 2011 hamilton was WAY more alongside felipe at moment of impact than rosberg was on hamilton yesterday.

      1. And he had been slightly more alongside moments before, but fell back the small amount possible when he realised Massa was turning in anyway, and was considerably further alongside just prior to either of them braking, which for a corner following a straight (unlike the second corner in the sequence where Rosberg hit Hamilton in Spa) is the most important factor. Mind you, there were several crashes between Massa and Hamilton, so that might not be what they’re referring to.

    3. Mature drivers back out to avoid an accident.

      In this case, Hamilton was clearly ahead, and taking the racing line. Rosberg is the one who should have backed out.

    4. It was actually the way that Rosberg ran Hamilton and Alonso off track (on the straight!) in Bahrain 2012 that prompted the stewards to crack down on such nasty driving tricks.

    5. Well we know who is the fastest driver .Hamilton has proved it by starting from the back & almost catching Nico more than once.Nico was clearly at fault. Anyone that has raced cars or motor cycles can see that.

  7. It’s very unfortunate that the crash between HAM and ROS gets that much coverage.
    Totally subdues the fact that we saw awesome fights for position during the race and one hell of a multi car battle to the end. THAT is what makes me shout at the tv, punch the air and then some. F1 in full attack mode just is the best motorsport out there for me.

    But i guess Merc are having themselves to blame for the bad press (and it is only bad press) they are getting.

    First Nico not taking the initiative and saying e.g. “I messed up, big sry to Lewis. I wanted to stand my ground and it was too aggressive”. (We all know he still would be smiling on the inside.) Then still not addressing the obvious on day 2? Not good and grounds for overthinking ones pr personnel.

    Second and that is the big one for me: I have never seen team leadership throw their championship leader under the bus like Lauda and Wolff have done. Never in the 22 years since i follow every race. And then announcing team orders and possible punishments live on tv without proper consultation… i’m astonished by the lack of professionalism on their part.

    This and the obviously ineffective driver parenting job they have done up to now could taint the whole season for them and Stuttgart will not like this.

  8. Is he actually going to apologise for taking his teammate out?

  9. I notice how Nico is trying to marginalise Niki. I guess he’s given up on that relationship.

    1. Niki brought Lewis into the team and made a big deal of it, but now it seems as it was completely needless and irrelevant. Might have brought anyone really, they’d be either better or worse than Rosberg, but one of them would still win the title anyway.

      1. Lewis is a bigger name and draws more attention though. That’s why Mercedes wanted him. Mercedes wants to sell cars and increase brand recognition. The suits in Stuggart couldn’t care less about the racing. For them, F1 is a giant billboard.

        1. True, infact they had threatened to pull out of F1, so for them they look at their numbers and say why are we spending so much money on this thing called F1. Im pretty sure some of them don’t even know what F1 is

      2. @lawrence that’s not really the point. In any case next year will be much closer and they will need Hamilton . But this is the second time I’ve seen Nico go on about how it’s Toto and Paddy running the team. Niki is a shareholder and has the ear of everyone including Zetsche. If Rosberg has alienated Lauda that is a factor. Rosberg betrayed the team in Spa, risked a huge embarrassment in Monaco, and has been booed on the podium in full Mercedes colours. Now he’s playing factions in the team? He could be on thin ice.

  10. ok. next GP all drivers should just dive down the inside of the car ahead whether there is a gap or not. The position will be given to them by the stewards.

    The FIA have now set a precedent that a leading driver on the racing line should re-open the door whenever anyone one millimeter of their car alongside them.

    This of course is absurd because A- it is the duty of the following driver to not run into the car in front. And B- the leading car does not have the responsibility of judging millimeters through a tiny rear view mirror whilst negotiating corner complexes at racing speed.

    1. Well actually you’re wrong. The sporting regulations state –

      For the avoidance of doubt, if any part of the front wing of the car attempting to pass is alongside the rear wheel of the car in front this will be deemed to be a ‘significant portion’.

      1. The excerpt you have quoted (from article 20.4 of the sporting regulations) does not apply here as it relates to a driver who is “defending his position on a straight, and before any braking area”, which was not the case when Hamilton and Rosberg made contact as they were no longer on the straight and past the braking area.

        1. Was going to ask about this on @f1elvis blog , but see you have pointed this out and he has taken it out :)
          Wish Twitter had more than 140 characters as would like to make this point on there!

      2. As Keith says, that rule refers only to crowding drivers off the track in straight sections. There may not be a rule-book definition for it, but having only a wing stuck up the inside in any corner is considered a faux pas at best.

    2. KInda sounds like Massa and Perez Montreal !

  11. Neil (@neilosjames)
    25th August 2014, 18:44

    His responses remind me of Arsene Wenger, a little bit. Back when Arsenal were title contenders…

  12. Read this:
    http://metro.co.uk/2007/08/06/alonso-bemused-by-hamilton-feud-3970/ and google Hamilton history with other drivers and team.

    Toto Wolff, go back to the start of this season and count the mistakes of Hamilton and Rosberg. Hamilton lose this. Rosberg made one mistake, but is much tougher criticized. Rosberg’s probably really tired all the comments from Hamilton in the media. Hamilton criticizes his teammate before every race, no other driver does this. “He is not quick enough”, “he is not german”, “he is not aggressive enough”. Perhaps this was the right time for Rosberg to make a point. And this is maybe one of the reason one of the fastest driver ever “only” have one title.

    1. How about these from Nico:
      “Rosberg claiming he did not see the event (at Silverstone) as Hamilton’s home race”.
      “He even claims that the boy Hamilton, living in his council home in Stevenage, had more spending money.”

  13. Just found out the following quotes (in 3rd para) from Rosberg given in this 2006 article:

    The ugliest trick came at Monaco this year when Schumacher parked his car in a corner on the last lap of qualifying to prevent anyone from taking his provisional pole position.

    “That’s Page 1, Chapter 1,” Kennedy said. “We’re not even down to the index in the back looking for anomalies.”

    Nico Rosberg, a driver at Williams, agreed, saying that all drivers had done something similar in their careers.

    Schumacher’s error, he said, was in doing it so obviously that he got caught – and was penalized – and in not admitting that he did it on purpose.

    Drivers learn the moves, Rosberg said, in go-karting, where mechanics with many years of experience teach them the tricks. As they reach the highest level of karting, however, Rosberg said, they learn from the professional kart drivers who race up to their 30s, earning a living from sponsors.

    “They know it all,” Rosberg said.

    Full article is here.

    After reading it, I think our innocent, squeaky clean, honest Rosberg, who just drives clumsily and makes innocent mistakes (as in Monaco) is not really what it seems. He obviously knows how to commit perfect crimes in F1. After the monaco incident this year Derek Warwick said:

    “I have been around a long time and seen people try to pull the wool over my eyes. Did I have doubts in my mind, of course I didBut he gave me the answers I needed. I know there are conspiracy theories but you will not find a more honest driver in grand prix racing than Nico. He said himself that he made a mistake, came in too fast, braked too late and locked up his rear tyres.”

    Full article here.

    I think Derek Warwick needs to read the above article from The New York Times and needs to think again. Nikki, Toto and Paddy also need to read it. Obviously, Rosberg couldn’t con Belgian fans and got bood spontaneously.

    1. Sorry didn’t get the above link correctly, please try here

    2. Ohh hooo! Rich. It truly surprises me that anyone who has seen the onboard footage of Rosberg during Q3 can think that he just made an innocent little mistake.

      1. There are plenty of people who actually race cars & understand the physics etc… who have also seen the onboard footage who believe it was a mistake.

        Let us not also forget that the FIA stewards which include an ex-f1 driver & Le mans winner also had access to all the telemetry which obviously showed that it was an error else he would have been penalized.

        The only people who seem to think it was intentional are the Hamilton fans who can see there guys title chances slipping away & like to blame it all on Nico.

        1. When you have a driver winning four consecutive races fairly & squarely, and then loose 6 races for a number of controversial reasons, surely one can think of being dirty tricks are being played. In particular, given Monaco trick, brakes failing & engine catching fire during qualifying and now puncturing tire in lap 2 by your fellow championship contender who thinks ‘dirty tricks pay dividends’ do not go down well. One can understand brakes failing and engine catching fire during races but during qualifying for a top constructor is certainly questionable.
          After seeing the article in the NYT, I think Rosberg should be charged with bringing F1 into disrepute by FIA and Mercedes should also need to re-think their driver line-up.

          1. shoponF you are correct in your assessment.

    3. Interesting NYT article, thanks for the quotes.

      Fixed link:

      Formula One: Beware dirty tricks


  14. Well, as Rosberg himself said earlier this year, psychology is a big part of sports. And this is what we are seeing at the moment. Hamilton seems to be exaggerating Rosberg’s words, while Rosberg is playing the humble team player. Both are obviously trying to get the team and fans on their side. They might agree to a ceasefire and I assume that Mercedes are going to do whatever it takes to not let the drivers’ title slip away but the war is on and it is not going to end anytime soon because the world championship title is at stake.

    As long as Rosberg does not succumb to the psychological pressure, it does not really matter if Hamilton is the better driver as F1 has always been about more than that. It also does not really matter if Rosberg deliberately went off the track in Monaco qualifying because stewards could not prove anything and he won the race. It does not matter if the latest incident was his fault or not because he got 18 points and Hamilton got zero. It does not matter how Rosberg’s twitter notifications look like and how often he gets booed until the final race of 2014. It does not matter how angry Wolff and Lauda are at Rosberg because they are not going to hamper their leading driver’s title hopes by artificially slowing him down. The fact is that Rosberg has somehow managed to be better at damage limitation this year and all he needs to do is keep going the same way to win the title. After all, the “List of Formula One World Drivers’ Champions” does not have any remarks.

  15. It’s a absolutely clear cut event. It was Rosberg’s fault, with intention or not. He should have been penalized and people trying to justify Rosberg are only showing how things can be easily molded. You know, repeat something that is a lie until it becomes true. It kind reminds me of politics.

    1. Why should it have been penalized?

      Fans have spent the last few years complaining about stuff like this resulting in a penalty, Thats why the FIA recently decided to be more lenient.

      Now all of a sudden it seems fans want everything investigated/penalized again just because it was Lewis that got hit? Funny how after Singapore 2011 when it was Lewis who hit Massa & got a penalty that everyone was crying about how unfair a penalty for that was because Lewis had damaged his own wing & that the fact Massa got a puncture was irrelevant.

    2. The only thing clear cut was Lewis’ tyre,

      I’ll show you how muddy it gets in fractions of a second,

      look at this video


      at 12 seconds Rosberg has a claim to the corner,
      At 13 seconds not so clear,

      I have posted this before and didnt realise that within 1 second both of them look to be right/wrong/at fault/blameless

      also check this video just for funsies,

      Lewis and Massa,


      and Nico Lewis and Fred


      same incidents
      different teams
      same controversies

      1. You havent got a clue :(
        So if someone doesnt even brake for a corner and hits the other driver just as he turns in its the other drivers fault as when you pause one frame he is up the inside with a claim to the corner?
        You know nothing about racing,! you get a claim to a corner if you are up the INSIDE in the braking zone, anyone could enter that corner and get a 1 second frame claim but if you notice nico dropped back because he was never going to be fast round that line as he braked to late which is what got him there in the first place. Nico made a mistake and caused i repeat CAUSED and avoidable collision which should have been penalised!!!

  16. At least he will have LH thinking twice about cutting across him again. For all he knew he could have lost the nose of his car & LH go on & win easily, (as Brundle pointed out) so i doubt he planned that actual outcome. Hopefully there are more of these incidents before the end of the season, it makes for great viewing.

    1. I doubt it. Rosberg has been told off by the bosses at Mercedes. It’s Rosberg who will be in bigger trouble if he pulls a stunt like that again.

      I found it odd that Brundle said that. It’s much more likely to puncture the tyre of the guy in front then it is to damage your own nose.

    2. Never forget Brundle is part of the F1 establishment. When he ‘analysed’ the sidewall he omitted to explain that they only have to include the outer couple of inches when they contact it with the great big wing endplate. It doesn’t matter if they also contact it further in, as long as they hit it with enough momentum to flatten the sidewall bulge and include the vulnerable area; and since the tyres only run at about 18 psi that’s not hard to do (though we saw Rosberg making quite sure didn’t we).

      So a good swipe from the side is odds on to puncture the tyre and ruin a race, versus an extra 8s or so in the pitstop for yourself. IMO it was planned, as the crowd of hardcore race fans clearly thought too.

      And who knows what Toto has said. Maybe Rosberg has been told if he touches Hamilton again he’s out of the championship? I have an idea Niki is advocating something serious already.

      1. Stupid idea, look at Alonso vs. Vettel, where only the wing was damaged and the tyre was fine. You can’t plan to cause certain damage when the target is moving.
        Rosberg backed off in many cases this season when Hamilton thought he’d be king of the road, this time he decided not to do so. That’s what he was referring to in the interviews.

        1. Of course you can plan it, as I just explained. One incident when it didn’t puncture doesn’t prove anything. They often do, and that was enough to make it worth a punt because the puncture at that point on the circuit was race over, whereas wing damage meant second place which was what was on anyway.

          It’s ridiculous to claim Rosberg ‘decided’ without regard to the outcome. You think Nico Rosberg is a complete idiot? He decided not to back off in the hope of puncturing the tyre in exchange for a long pitstop.

          Then there’s the extra steering movement, case closed.

          1. You dont have to plan it, just look at the sharp fins on the end of the front wing …

            reminds me of a roman chariot with spikes and spurs coming out of the hubs


        2. Brundle made the point in the same segment that hitting the tyre face on has little chance of puncturing it, exactly what happened with Alonso / Vettel. But a side hit has a 90% chance of puncture. Guess what Rosberg chose?

      2. Considering that as Brundle/Davidson & Herbert also explained on Sky, You cannot see your own front wing from the cockpit so Nico would not have been able to see exactly where his wing endplate was in relation to Lewis’ tyre.

        And Nico isn’t stupid enough to plan to damage his own wing knowing it would cost him time, put him mid-pack, Ruin his strategy, cost him a set of tyres & potentially cost him the win.

        The whole notion that it was deliberate & that you can be so precise as to hit the exact part of the tyre most prone to suffer a puncture with the exact part of your front wing most likely to cut the tyre when you can’t even see your own front wing is ridiculous.

        1. I’m surprised “you can’t see the wing” is mentioned as if it means the driver has no clue where it is in relation to other cars. These guys are fully spatially aware of the size of their cars. Seeing exactly where it is isn’t necessary to be fairly sure a wing will touch a tyre of a car in front, if indeed that’s what Rosberg did. Plus he would have been aware that tyres can very easily puncture as a result of such contact and also that losing a corner of a wing is not a huge problem to drive around (as Hamilton has proved recently twice) and even if it was, a new wing would always be there for him. Losing 8 seconds for a new wing is nothing if your car is 2 seconds a lap faster than everyone else’s. Not saying this proves anything but it is information that Rosberg would have been well aware of.

  17. I’m getting tired of all the jibber jabber coming from HAM, Mercedes should dump him for 2015, get Hulkenberg onboard, everyone german, period. For what i care, HAM could go back to McLaren and get managed by Ron himself, he knows how to deal with big egos, because he has the biggest one.

    1. Before they’re a pure german team they have to get rid of these Austrians. And I read somewhere that there are even English teammembers. Don’t know if that’s true…

    2. They may as well dump their facilities in Brackley and Brixworth and sack all non-German team members while they’re at it…

      1. Indeed! There’s enough tech on German land to make it happen, and not enough races on British ground to justify that most of the teams sit there.

    3. @jpvalverde85 Well then if you want a fully German team, Mercedes would have to get rid of Niki Lauda, who is Austrian. They would have to get rid of Paddy Lowe, who is British. They would have to get rid of MOST of the mechanics who are British. They would have to leave their old factory back in Brackley, which is in England and move to another factory somewhere in Germany. I think you got a bit carried away with your comment.

  18. I miss Vettel domination.

  19. Complete contradiction……

    “… Lewis didn’t let me by, although he was ordered to do so, so that’s obviously not good and we need to discuss that internally.
    The thing I am most annoyed about though is the last lap though because I had a little opportunity and just so close, but didn’t manage to use it you know, just like 30cm missing or something.
    What [Hamilton] did was ok, the way he defended, because the guy on the inside, it’s his corner, so the guy on the outside needs to you know, make it far enough in front so that the other guy can’t push him out and I didn’t manage to do that so that’s what annoys me most.
    But ok, still in front in the championship, a long summer break now so I get to think about it a little bit, I look forward to that – although not now at the moment I’m still annoyed actually, but er tomorrow I look forward to it and then onwards and upwards for Spa.”

  20. David (@icemanishere)
    26th August 2014, 0:35

    Don’t forget silverstone 2014 when he overtake under red flags in practice or qualifying maybe.

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