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Formula One: 'He did it on purpose' Hamilton says of Rosberg hitting his car

Published on Aug 25, 2014 12:32 AM
Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton (left) and and Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg collide at the Spa-Francorchamps ciruit in Spa on August 24, 2014 during the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SPA, Belgium (AFP/REUTERS) - Nico Rosberg mounted a robust defence of his driving on Sunday after being booed on the podium for his part in the "unavoidable" second-lap collision with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.

But Hamilton claimed that the German had told him he had done it "on purpose".

The crash left British driver Hamilton with a puncture that wrecked his race as Rosberg finished second behind Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull to extend his lead in the title race to 29 points.

“We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose,” repeated Hamilton to reporters .

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