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Mercedes continue to deal with fallout of teammate crash in Spa // Hamilton and Rosberg share different sides of the story

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Mercedes continue to deal with fallout of teammate crash in Spa
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Both Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda were absolutely incensed immediately after the Belgian Grand Prix, calling the crash between their drivers “absolutely unacceptable.” As soon as Nico Rosberg came down from the podium, there was to be a meeting between everyone involved, with Wolff warning they would handle the situation with more than a slap on the wrist if required.

After the internal meeting, Lewis Hamilton revealed that his teammate had admitted not giving up on the overtake in a deliberate move to prove a point. The Brit said: “We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose. He said he could have avoided it, he basically said I did it to prove a point.”

Wolff was quick to clarify that whilst that is what has been said, Rosberg didn’t deliberately set out to clash with Hamilton but did deliberately hold his line. Wolff said: “He thought it was for Lewis to leave him space. So they agreed to disagree in a very heated discussion amongst ourselves, but it wasn’t deliberately crashing… With hindsight, Nico would probably not do it again in the way he did.”