Rosberg: Fans that were booing me were British

Nico Rosberg was booed on the podium

Nico Rosberg was booed on the podium

Nico Rosberg was booed as he collected his second place trophy on the podium after the Belgian Grand Prix, fans were clearly not happy with what had transpired earlier in the race, but the Mercedes driver was unperturbed by the reaction to the incident which all but eliminated teammate, and title rival, Lewis Hamilton from the race .

Having made a bad start, Rosberg recovered to slot in behind leader Hamilton and on lap two heading into Les Combs the German made his move but was too far back to get alongside the sister Mercedes and instead opted to go around the outside which resulted in his front wing puncturing the left rear of Hamilton’s car and taking him out of contention.

Rosberg recovered, despite a damaged front wing, to finish second in a race the Silver Arrows were expected to dominate but instead with top honours going to Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg head into Les Combs sconds before colliding

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg head into Les Combs sconds before colliding

Immediately after the race Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda were quick to blame Rosberg for the incident – read report here>>> But the German interpreted their reactions differently, “First of all what I hear is that that Toto Wolff said it was unavoidable which doesn’t put the blame on me and the fans that were booing me were the British fans.”

“There’s always the British media who is always going to be on the other side and the German media will be on my side. We are here to entertain and give all of you at home a great time but not in the way we did today but I do not feel I am being made to be the bad guy.

“I just have to wait and see and have a discussion and I will also give my opinion. For sure I regret that we touched because it cost me the win and it was unavoidable. Of course I am very unhappy for the team because we have the fastest car and we should have had first and second,” said Risberg who extended his lead over Hamilton in the championship standings to 29 points. (GP247)