Lewis Hamilton has apportioned the responsibility on Nico Rosberg for their dramatic final lap collision at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Rosberg, who had been suffering from a brake issue in the latter part of the race, ran wide at turn 1, giving Hamilton an opportunity to pass the German.
Hamilton tried to go around the outside at the following corner, but both made contact. While the Englishman was able to continue and win the race, Rosberg dropped down to fourth with a damaged front wing.
Speaking after the race, Hamilton felt his teammate was responsible for a crash that cost Mercedes a sure shot one-two finish.
"I don’t feel it's controversial really," he said. "Nico made a mistake into T1, clipped the inside kerb and went wide and I got a good run. He blocked the inside, so I went to the only place I could on the outside, the racing line.
"He was in my blind spot so I went very wide, left him room, and as I started to turn he collided with me. My guys said he had something wrong with the brakes maybe.
Hamilton had been leading the race from pole position but fell down to second place in the first round of pitstops, having extended his first stint in the hope of making it to the end on a one-stop strategy.
But the triple-world champion appeared confused as to why he lost on-track position to his teammate.
by Rachit Thukral