Lewis Hamilton admits he is not sure what the future holds in terms of on-track action with Nico Rosberg following the drama at the Belgian GP…
Lewis Hamilton admits he is not sure what the future holds in terms of on-track action with Nico Rosberg following the drama at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The two Mercedes team-mates have been involved in several scuffles this campaign, but the tension between the pair went up another notch at Spa when Rosberg hit Hamilton from behind while trying to regain first place.
Following a post-race team meeting, Hamilton claimed Rosberg “said he did it on purpose, he said he could have avoided it” while the German insisted it was a racing incident.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has admitted Rosberg was at fault, but felt his comments about hitting his team-mate deliberately was misinterpreted.
Hamilton, though, says he is at loss to explain where they go from here.
“Well, when you’re out there you have to trust the people to think with their heads and don’t do things deliberately,” he said.
“I don’t really know how to approach the next race, but all I know is that I’ve got to push, I’ve got a long way to come back from it. What was great this weekend is the support that I’ve had from the fans; on the parade lap, when we went round, so many British flags were here, caps and team tops. I’m gutted that I wasn’t able to get a result for them this weekend.”
Mercedes have so far refused to use team orders and Hamilton admits he’s not sure where to from here for all involved.
“I can’t imagine what the team would do now. We came in to this weekend with a really positive mind thought,” he said.
“I really was excited. We had eight races and we’re close – there’s only 11 points in it – and I thought it was going to be good for all of us.
“Good racing, I thought this was going to be a track that was going to be exciting.
“It’s interesting because we had that meeting on Thursday and Nico expressed how angry he was [about Hungary]. I was thinking ‘It’s been three weeks and you’ve been lingering?!’
“He expressed how angry he was, and he literally sat there and said how angry he was at Toto and Paddy.
“But I thought we should be good after that, and then this result? It’s interesting.”