Nico Rosberg says he was caught out by surprise when Lewis Hamilton turned into him from the outside of turn two, leading to a clumsy clash between the Mercedes pair.
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, Rosberg said he wasn’t expecting Hamilton to make a move, given he had firmly held the inside line heading into turn 2.
"I'm gutted. That's sport sometimes, but unbelievable," Rosberg said. "I was sure to win, I lost in the last lap - pretty intense.
"We were battling, and I was struggling a bit with my brakes and tyres degrading, and that gave Lewis a chance.
"Nevertheless I was confident I could defend accordingly - I had the inside line. I went a bit deep into the corner but that's okay, I dictate, but I was very surprised Lewis turned in. I'm frustrated about losing the win like that - I was out front, felt great and was going to win the race."
The stewards deemed Rosberg responsible for the collision, handing him a 10 seconds time penalty and two penalty points on his superlicense.
by Rachit Thukral