It was always going to happen eventually. If anything, I am surprised that it took Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg until the 12th race of the 2014 Formula 1 season to clash on track.
When you have two drivers at the peak of their careers fighting tooth and nail for the world championship, it's very difficult to avoid the kind of incident we saw between the two Mercedes drivers at Les Combes on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix.
It's also inevitable that such a collision causes plenty of controversy and criticism, but had an identical incident happened on Sunday between, say, Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, it would have been accepted as simply close combat early in the race and just one of those things.
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