Rosberg, Hamilton explain their sides of story in Austria (VIDEO)

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After their latest coming together in the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton emerging ahead to win following the last-lap contact between he and Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, both drivers shared their thoughts on the situation.

Hamilton secured the win and gained further points in the championship while Rosberg fell to fourth with a damaged front wing.

Rosberg, who came under fire after the race and is under investigation by the stewards, spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton afterwards.

The German said he had a brake issue.

“I’m massively disappointed for sure. Because I thought I was going to win that, then my brakes overheated on the last lap and that changed the brakes a lot on the pedal. That made it massively difficult,” Rosberg said.

“But anyways, I was still in a good position to defend. I had the inside line; it’s my corner. I was very surprised Lewis decided to turn in.”

Asked by Buxton why turn in late or whether he would have pushed Hamilton off, Rosberg replied, “It was a bit of both. I was struggling to slow the car. That was the main one really. But anyways I’m on inside, it’s my position, I have the corner, I have the right to dictate the way.”

Hamilton explained the contact from his vantage point in the post-race press conference.

“Nico made a mistake into Turn 1. Then he clipped inside curb and went wide. I got a good run up to Turn 2, he blocked the inside. So the only place I could go was outside,” Hamilton said.

“I was on the racing line. He was in my blind spot. I assumed he was still there. So I went very wide… left him plenty of room. As I started to turn, I was at edge of track, he collided with me. My guys said he had something wrong with the brakes. So I’m not sure exactly what happened. Then I came back on track as quick as I could. It was close between us there. 

“If he did have the brake problem, that would explain why he let off so early.

“I never gave up. I pushed all the way.”

NBC commentators Steve Matchett and David Hobbs also discussed the situation. That video is below:

IndyCar Power Rankings: Pato O’Ward moves to the top entering Texas Motor Speedway


The NBC Sports IndyCar power rankings naturally were as jumbled as the action on the streets of St. Petersburg after a chaotic opener to the 2023 season.

Pato O’Ward, who finished second because of an engine blip that cost him the lead with a few laps remaining, moves into the top spot ahead of St. Pete winner Marcus Ericsson and Alexander Rossi, who finished fourth in his Arrow McLaren debut. Scott Dixon and St. Pete pole-sitter Romain Grosjean (who led 31 laps) rounded out the top five.

St. Pete pole-sitter Romain Grosjean (who started first at St. Pete after capturing his second career pole position) Callum Ilott (a career-best fifth) and Graham Rahal entered the power rankings entering the season’s second race.

Three drivers fell out of the preseason top 10 after the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – including previously top-ranked Josef Newgarden, who finished 17th after qualifying 14th.

Heading into Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, here’s NBC Sports’ assessment of the current top 10 drivers through the first of 17 races this year (with previous preseason rankings in parenthesis):

NBC Sports’ IndyCar Power Rankings

1. Pato O’Ward (5) – If not for the dreaded “plenum event” in the No. 5 Chevrolet, the Arrow McLaren driver is opening the season with a victory capping a strong race weekend.

2. Marcus Ericsson (7) – He might be the most opportunistic driver in IndyCar, but that’s because the 2022 Indy 500 winner has become one of the series’ fastest and most consistent stars.

3. Alexander Rossi (10) – He overcame a frustrating Friday and mediocre qualifying to open his Arrow McLaren career with the sort of hard-earned top five missing in his last years at Andretti.

4. Scott Dixon (3) – Put aside his opening-lap skirmish with former teammate Felix Rosenqvist, and it was a typically stealthily good result for the six-time champion.

5. Romain Grosjean (NR) – The St. Petersburg pole-sitter consistently was fastest on the streets of St. Petersburg over the course of the race weekend, which he couldn’t say once last year.

6. Scott McLaughlin (6) – Easily the best of the Team Penske drivers before his crash with Grosjean, McLaughlin drove like a legitimate 2023 championship contender.

7. Callum Ilott (NR) – A quietly impressive top five for the confident Brit in Juncos Hollinger Racing’s first race as a two-car team. Texas will be a big oval litmus test.

8. Graham Rahal (NR) – Sixth at St. Pete, Rahal still has the goods on street courses, and Rahal Letterman Lanigan remains headed in the right direction.

9. Alex Palou (4) – He seemed a step behind Ericsson and Dixon in the race after just missing the Fast Six in qualifying, but this was a solid start for Palou.

10. Will Power (2) – An uncharacteristic mistake that crashed Colton Herta put a blemish on the type of steady weekend that helped him win the 2022 title.

Falling out (last week): Josef Newgarden (1), Colton Herta (8), Christian Lundgaard (9)