Rosberg defends last lap in Austria while Wolff, Lauda call him out

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The latest flare-up between the Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates has come with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton coming together on the final lap of today’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg appeared to turn into Hamilton at Turn 2 and pushed the Englishman off the road, but Hamilton rebounded, resumed and recovered to win the race – while Rosberg damaged his front wing and limped home in fourth.

Mercedes has noted a brake issue for Rosberg’s car, telling NBCSN’s Will Buxton of the issue after the race.

Rosberg blamed the brakes directly, via Auto Motor und Sport reporter Tobi Gruner: “I was sure I will win this race. My brakes were overheating. But I was on the inside line. Was very surprised he turned into me.”

Here’s Rosberg’s video with NBCSN’s Will Buxton:

But both Mercedes-Benz head of motorsport Toto Wolff and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda appeared to place the blame on Rosberg after the race.

Here’s Wolff’s video with Buxton, and further quotes via Gruner:

Rosberg’s interview with Buxton will follow here shortly.

1996 World Champion Damon Hill was rather candid, blunt and fascinating to witness on Twitter in the aftermath, considering his history (famous collisions with Michael Schumacher in his career):

Here is a sampling of other social reaction to the final lap: