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Belgian GP: Nico Rosberg calls Lewis Hamilton clash racing incident

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Belgian GP 2014, Spa

Nico Rosberg insists that he was not to blame for his clash with Formula 1 title rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.

The German insists that their lap two collision was simply a racing incident - and reckons the fact the stewards did not take action proves he did nothing wrong.

AUTOSPORT understands that the race stewards did discuss the incident during the race, but decided that there was no sign of the collision having been caused deliberately.

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Asked for his opinion about the crash, having watched video replays, Rosberg said: "I have seen it and I don't want to say - but definitely, as the stewards judged it a racing incident, that is the way one can describe it."

Although Hamilton claims that Rosberg told him in a post-race debrief that he deliberately did not avoid the incident because he wanted to "prove a point", the German was more circumspect about his actions when speaking to the media.

He was adamant that the move was not risky at all, and dismissed any suggestion he should have waited another lap until DRS was activated.

"I was quicker at the time and there was an opportunity, so I gave it a go around the outside as the inside was blocked," Rosberg said.

"I didn't see any risk in overtaking, or trying to overtake, so why should I not try? The opportunity was there even without DRS because I was so much quicker, so I gave it a go.

"Inside was not possible, so I tried around the outside. Should I have waited? That is very hypothetical. Who knows what happens afterwards?

"The opportunity was there and, for me, it wasn't a risky situation."

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