Drivers back Rosberg in aftermath of Spa clash

Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamiltonat Spa still a talking point

Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamiltonat Spa still a talking point

Almost two weeks have passed since Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton clashed on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix, and the incident is still a talking point as the season heads to Monza for Round 13 of the F1 worldchampionship.

Reigning quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel has backed compatriot Nico Rosberg in his row with teammate Lewis Hamilton over their crash in Spa 10 days ago.

Rosberg was disciplined by his Mercedes team after admitting he was responsible for crashing into the back of Hamilton on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix.

It was an incident which eventually forced the Briton to retire from the race and cost Rosberg the chance of victory as he trailed in second behind Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

But although Rosberg has since apologised after initially suggesting he felt he was right to have a go at the overtaking manoeuvre, Vettel has given his backing to the son of F1 great Keke Rosberg.

“I think it was just a normal race accident which did not deserve to provoke a discussion about intention,” Vettel told weekly newspaper Sport Bild, referring to Hamilton’s claim in the immediate aftermath that Rosberg had admitted he “basically did it on purpose”.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel back Nico Rosberg in aftermath of Spa clash with Lewis Hamilton

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel back Nico Rosberg in aftermath of Spa clash with Lewis Hamilton

Vettel added: “No-one tries to break a wing on purpose and no-one wants to be guilty of disloyal driving because most of the time that doesn’t work.”

Fernando Alonso echoed Vettel’s view, telling Sky Sports, “It was a racing incident. It’s impossible that Nico from the cockpit could have been so precise with his front-wing to have cut a tyre off another car, you need to be in surgery at the hospital with that sort of precision.”

“Definitely, we are not so precise. They touched, and the bad part of the incident was for Hamilton, but it could have been the other way around – maybe Hamilton’s tyre resisted and Nico had to change the front-wing and his race was over,” added Alonso

Nico Hulkenberg of Force India feels the same way, “Nico did everything right, he tried to overtake because he thought he was faster,” he said.

Hamilton’s retirement left him 29 points behind Rosebrg in the championship race with seven races left in the title battle. (AFP)