Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire from the race due to the serious and fatal damage imposed after Rosberg clipped his team-mate W05 on the second lap of the race after losing the lead off the line.
The crash cost Mercedes a near-certain victory with Rosberg’s car also damaged in the incident. The German was, however, able to finish second behind the victorious Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and thereby extend his championship lead to 29 points over Hamilton.
“Firstly i want to say, when I was doing the drivers parade the support was amazing so I am gutted I wasn’t able to give them something to cheer about. Lewis Hamilton said to the media after the race, who was hit by team mate Nico Rosberg on the second lap.
“What can I say? Initially it was really gutting I was driving so hard to try to get what I could get out of the car, it might not have looked that way but it was so damaged and I am just gutted for my team. The guys work so hard, I got a good start, it was looking good, I took the corner as I should because it was my line and I don’t know why he hit me but i am sure he will leave here happy tonight.
“I wouldn’t say it was worse than Monaco because it couldn’t get much worse than that.”
“It’s not good, that is 30 points again now and, it took me a long time to catch that before but I know things can change. But if you notice Rosberg’s car rarely stops. it’s looking good for him this season now.
“There’s a lot of things going on in my mind, maybe it is just not my year but I can’t let that overtake anything, but we have a great car and a great team and I will keep on fighting.
“Who knows if some fortune will come my way but I will give it a go. It reminds me of when I was at school, the teachers will say something but they won’t do anything. The stewards didn’t do anything and I am now 30 points behind so I am just going to have push like hell.”