Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Hamilton ‘very upset’ after crash with Rosberg
Toto Wolff criticises Nico Rosberg for his "absolutely unacceptable" at the Belgian Grand Prix
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has criticised Nico Rosberg for his “absolutely unacceptable” driving following the crash which led to Lewis Hamilton’s retirement at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Rosberg punctured Hamilton’s left rear tyre when he clipped the back of his Mercedes team-mate’s car on the second lap of the race.
Hamilton was forced to pit but eventually retired, before Rosberg went on to finish second behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
The Brit’s retirement allowed Rosberg to open up a 29-point lead at the top of the drivers’ standings with seven races remaining.
“You don’t try to overtake with the knife between your teeth on lap number two and damage both cars,” Wolff told BBC Sport.
“Lap number two of a long race, a crash between two team-mates. It is absolutely unacceptable.
“It’s a decisive moment for the battle between two of them and for the team. Lewis is very upset, but there is nothing we can say to him.”
Rosberg was booed as he took to the podium with Ricciardo and third-placed Valtteri Bottas of Williams.
“I respect the opinion of the British spectators,” said Rosberg. “They definitely were not happy and that doesn’t feel good. That’s very clear.”
Hamilton, meanwhile, conceded that it just doesn’t feel like his year.
“There are a lot of things going on in my mind and you get to thinking maybe it’s just not my year,” said Hamilton.
“But there are still seven races. Who knows whether some fortune will come my way. I’m just going to give it everything I can.”
Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Race result
1. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 44 laps 1hr 24m 36.556s
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 03.3s
3. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +00m 28.0s
4. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 36.8s
5. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 52.1s
6. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 54.5s
7. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +01m 01.1s
8. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +01m 04.2s
9. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault +01m 05.3s
10. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +01m 05.6s
11. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault +01m 11.9s
12. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +01m 14.2s*
13. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes +01m 15.9s
14. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari +01m 22.4s
15. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +01m 30.8s
16. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Ferrari +1 lap
17. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault +1 lap
Rtd Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari 39 laps completed
Rtd Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 38 laps completed
Rtd Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 33 laps completed
Rtd Andre Lotterer Germany Caterham-Renault 1 lap completed
Rtd Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault 1 lap completed