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Villeneuve: ‘Dangerous’ Rosberg to blame for Hamilton crash

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1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that Nico Rosberg is to blame for the crash with teammate Lewis Hamilton that forced both to retire from last Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The two Mercedes drivers collided when Hamilton tried to pass Rosberg down the inside at Turn 4, only to be forced onto the grass and lose control.

Opinions were split on who was to blame, with both the team and the FIA race stewards believing that neither driver was predominantly at fault, putting it down as a racing incident.

However, CART and F1 champion Villeneuve deemed Rosberg to have caused the incident, and believes it was the kind of move that would not have been attempted in past eras of grand prix racing.

“You never saw it in the eighties because they’d kill each other. Now the drivers think they are in a video game,” Villeneuve told the Daily Mirror.

“It’s the one thing you never do. You can ask if Lewis should have been so aggressive but if you want to blame someone, it’s 100% Nico.

“He moved when Lewis had already made his move. You don’t do that, it’s why there is a rule in place.

“It’s the most dangerous thing you can do in racing, and the unfairest.

“From that point of view he was 100% wrong.”