Ricciardo cashes in on Mercedes bust-up
MOTORSPORT: The "no rules" rivalry between Mercedes F1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will be reviewed after a collision put Hamilton out of action and allowed Aussie young gun Daniel Ricciardo to win the Belgian Grand Prix.
A bewildered Hamilton told reporters the German, whose car's front wing clipped Hamilton's rear tyre in a failed attempt to overtake, had deliberately caused the accident.
"We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose," Hamilton said.
"He said he could have avoided it.
"He said 'I did it to prove a point'."
Rosberg went on to finish second, extending his lead over his teammate to 29 points with seven races remaining. Ricciardo is a further 35 points back in third place.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "Racing accidents can happen, racing accidents among teammates shouldn't happen.
"Racing accidents among teammates on lap number two of a 44-lap race with a dominant car should be a no-no-no."