Nico Rosberg dismisses Italian Grand Prix conspiracy theories
Nico Rosberg denies conspiracy theories suggesting that he let Lewis Hamilton win the Italian Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg has been forced to deny conspiracy theories suggesting that he let his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton win the Italian Grand Prix ahead of him.
Hamilton sealed victory on Sunday at Monza after his Mercedes team-mate made an error and ran wide at the first chicane, allowing the Briton to capitalise.
The German’s mistake came after he was heavily criticised for causing the collision which ended Hamilton’s Belgian Grand Prix last month.
The only thing in people’s minds could be Spa, but Spa was a mistake which I’ve apologised for
But Rosberg, who remains 22 points ahead of his team-mate in the drivers’ standings, was quick to dismiss talk of Sunday’s result being fixed.
“They [the incidents] might look a bit strange, but it happened in practice,” Rosberg is quoted as saying by the Independent.
“I could have made the corner, no problem, but there was an extremely high probability my tyre would have been square afterwards, and so I would have needed to have made two pit stops and lost a lot of time.
“With Lewis I should have tried to see how it went. I don’t know, I just messed up.
“And I’ve heard about the theory, but what would be the reason for me to do something like that deliberately? There is no possible reason.
“If you’re ordered by the team to do it then you would do it, but there is no reason why the team would ask me to change position, or something like that.
“The only thing in people’s minds could be Spa, but Spa was a mistake which I’ve apologised for.
“It’s not something where I have to give back something. Mistakes happen and that’s the way it is, [I make] an apology and on we go. It’s not like we now start shuffling and things like that.”