Mercedes: Nico hit Lewis, completely unacceptable

Damage done as Nico Rosberg clips the rear wheel of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes

Damage done as Nico Rosberg clips the rear wheel of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes

Mercedes bosses have pointed a finger of blame at Nico Rosberg for the second lap incident which all but eliminated Lewis Hamilton from the Belgian Grand Prix and cost Mercedes victory if not a 1-2 finish at Spa-Francorchamps, a race they were expected to dominate with ease but instead watched Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo take top honours.

Speaking even before the podium ceremony at Spa-Francorchamps, Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, who is never one to mince his words, summed up the sentiment in the Silver Arrows camp,”Very simple it is unacceptable that in the second lap Nico hit Lewis, completely unacceptable.”

“If these things happen at the end of the race, when they are fighting for the win then you discuss it but in the second lap to hand the victory to Red Bull. I thought they were clever enough to know that but obviously they aren’t,” added Lauda angrily.

Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff have some serious  issues to deal with between their two drivers

Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff have some serious issues to deal with between their two drivers

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff, was equally perplexed by the turn of events, “Absolutely unacceptable. Lap number two of a long race and a crash between two team-mates, we have often discussed the situation and it happened. You don’t try to overtake with the knife between your teeth in lap number two and damage both cars.”

“This is a decisive moment in the battle between the two of them and for the team. Lewis is very upset, we kept him out there for a long time with a damaged car. He will recover quickly. It is going to be handled,” he assured reporters.

Although Hamilton continued to race after the incident it was a lost cause and with six laps remaining the Briton was told to retire the car , his third DNF of the season.

Rosberg’s Mercedes suffered a damaged front wing which required to be replaced when he made an early pitstop. He recovered to finish second and extend his lead in the championship over Hamilton to 29 points. (GP247)