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Hamilton booed by Austrian crowd, Rosberg disagrees with stewards

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Hamilton pipped Rosberg in a dramatic Austrian GP to take victory

Hamilton pipped Rosberg in a dramatic Austrian GP to take victory

Lewis Hamilton was insulted on the podium following final-lap collision with Nico Rosberg saw him secure wins from the clutches of his Mercedes team-mate.

But Hamilton blamed Rosberg for their latest coming together and said of his hostile reception: “That’s their problem, not mine. I’m here to win.”

Prior to visiting the race stewards Rosberg, who was also hit with two penalty points on his licence, had insisted Hamilton was responsible for their latest coming together.

The championship leader said: “Absolutely gutted, it’s unbelievable. I was sure to win that race, and then lost it on the last lap. Pretty intense.

“I was struggling a little bit with my brakes and my tyres were degrading, so that gave Lewis a chance.

“I went a bit deep into the corner, but I dictate, I’m on the inside. I was just very surprised that Lewis turned in, that caused a collision.”

After the stewards decision, an unhappy Rosberg said in a Facebook video: “They gave me the blame, which sucks. I respect that, but I am of a different opinion. But that doesn’t help.”
Race stewards revealed three hours after the race and the ruling does not affect Rosberg’s standings.

The stewards said: “Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that Car 44 (HAM) was in front of Car 6 (ROS) – i.e. more than fully alongside – and that the driver of Car 44 could have clearly made the turn (T2) on the track, if not for the resultant collision.

“Car 6 did not allow Car 44 “racing room” and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision.”

The German was also awarded two penalty points for the accident and a reprimand for not having stopped while his car was damaged.

“We do note the extenuating circumstances and the fact that the driver of Car 6 (ROS) did slow down significantly and attempted to mitigate the risk to other drivers and cars,” the stewards added.

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