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


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:

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.