…AS MER­CEDES BINS IT

F1’s new star takes first vic­tory as Hamil­ton and Ros­berg crash out

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through the cor­ner. He didn’t have the power.

“Where he po­si­tioned the car was a car width to the right of the rac­ing line. At the speed I was catch­ing him, I had to de­cide whether to go left – which was a small gap – or right.

“The in­side line is al­ways the line you’d go for and it was a much big­ger gap, so I went for it.

“I got there and I had part of my wing and part of my wheel along­side, within the white line. Then ob­vi­ously that gap di­min­ished pretty quickly.

“But it wasn’t a case of the door was closed and I de­cided to go across the grass. I saw a gap and I went for it, and that’s what rac­ing driv­ers do.

“The feel­ing I have is just dis­ap­point­ment for the team. What’s im­por­tant is we just go to the next race and try to make sure it doesn’t hap­pen again.”

Wolff re­fused to ap­por­tion blame to ei­ther driver. “When we looked at the in­ci­dent, and there are peo­ple in the team with rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and an opin­ion, the opin­ion dif­fered be­tween all of us,” he said.

“What I take home is that it was an in­ci­dent that could’ve been avoided by both sides. It’s so dif­fi­cult to re­ally at­tribute per­cent­ages of blame.

“It was def­i­nitely les­son enough. It’s painful for them to see that we have lost what could have been a great re­sult.”

How­ever, Mer­cedes nonex­ec­u­tive chair­man Niki Lauda was less diplo­matic, blam­ing Hamil­ton for the crash.

“It’s very sim­ple for me,” he said. “It was a mis­cal­cu­la­tion in Lewis’s head, I blame him more than Nico.

“But for the team and for Mer­cedes it is un­ac­cept­able.

“Lewis was too ag­gres­sive to pass him and why should Nico give him room? He was in the lead. It is com­pletely un­nec­es­sary and for me the dis­as­ter is that all Mer­cedes are out af­ter two cor­ners.”

The stew­ards in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent af­ter the race, but deemed it to be a rac­ing in­ci­dent.

Hamil­ton lost con­trol and ploughed into his team-mate

Clash was con­sid­ered to be a rac­ing in­ci­dent

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