Nico Rosberg Booed After Crash Punctures Lewis Hamilton Hopes

The rivalry between Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton increased several notches during the Belgian Grand Prix.

updated: August 24, 2014 19:58 IST
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Nico Rosberg waves to the crowd but was booed after he secured the second position in Belgium GP.

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Spa: World championship leader Nico Rosberg was condemned by his team and booed by spectators on Sunday after colliding with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the way to taking second place behind victorious Australian Daniel Ricciardo in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix. (Mercedes explain Hamilton crash)

Team bosses Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff both laid the blame for the second-lap crash that left leader Hamilton with a race-wrecking puncture on Rosberg who appeared to drive into his teammate's car.

"Completely unacceptable," said Wolff. "That was just an unacceptable race. It is unbelievable. You should not crash into your teammate. Lap number two of a long race and a crash between two teammates, we have often discussed the situation and it happened today.

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