Rosberg: “I was faster, and I gave it a go”

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Nico Rosberg is refusing to be drawn into the debate about his clash with Lewis Hamilton during today’s Belgian Grand Prix until he has seen the TV footage, but is set to face the wrath of team bosses Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff tonight.

When trying to pass his Mercedes teammate and championship rival, Rosberg touched the Briton’s left-rear tire, leaving Hamilton with a puncture. He did manage to get the car back to the pits, albeit well down the order, and that is where he stayed until he retired from the race late on.

Both Wolff and Lauda have condemned the incident, and the team is planning to hold a meeting at 1645 local time today to discuss it. In the post-race press conference, Rosberg said that he would not comment on the clash until he had seen it.

“To be honest, I’m not in a position to comment yet,” he said. “I won’t comment on it at all because in the heat of the moment.

“Of course, very disappointing from the team’s perspective, because we could have done a lot better than just finishing in second place with the car that we had, because our car has really been special this weekend.”

Rosberg admitted that the incident was disappointing, but felt that he was faster than Hamilton at that particular moment.

“I haven’t heard it myself from these people you have mentioned, but of course I will respect their opinion,” he said with reference to Wolff and Lauda. “I myself don’t have an opinion until I see it on the TV.

“All I know is that I was faster, and I gave it a go, and the inside was blocked so I gave it a go around the outside.

“Of course, it’s very disappointing.”

This clash allowed Daniel Ricciardo to pounce and claim his third win of the 2014 season for Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”