Rosberg, Hamilton crash POV…how did you see it?

The Spanish Grand Prix was a millstone for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen but there is a very good chance that wouldn’t have been possible if the two Mercedes drivers hadn’t collided at turn 3 taking each other out of the race. Here how they saw the incident but how did you see it?


I had a great start and I was ecstatic after passing Lewis around the outside of turn one. At that point, it was my race to win.

I came out of turn three and realised I was down on power with the wrong mode selected due to the engine mode switch being in the incorrect position.

Lewis was closing in, so I decided to make a clear move to the right hand side as soon as possible, to close the door and show him that wasn’t an option. I was very surprised that Lewis went for the inside anyway. The next thing I knew, we were in the gravel trap.

I’m gutted, not just for myself but for the whole team, it’s the worst feeling as a driver.


I had a decent start from pole but got slipstreamed on the way to the first corner and lost the lead.

Coming out of turn three, I was catching Nico Rosberg really quickly and went for the gap on the right – I had part of my car alongside but then had to take to the grass. The gap was there and, if you’re a racing driver, you go for that gap. We saw what happened after that. I’m hurt and disappointed for the team most of all because we lost 43 points today.

We’re all here working together towards the same result and the team give me the opportunity to race with the work they do. When I came to a stop in the gravel trap, all I could think about was how gutted I was for the team – that’s where I feel the pain.

But we will move on together and come back stronger in Monaco.


After all the hard work we’ve put in over the past two weeks it’s deeply disappointing to come away with no points, but in my opinion this was a racing incident, with the drivers racing for position, and I don’t want to start blaming one or the other.

Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are upset and we talked with them, looking at the pictures and the data, to determine exactly what happened. By letting the drivers race as we do, this kind of eventuality can happen but we won’t change our approach – we owe it to Formula One and the fans to let them race.

But today, it was the work of the whole team that finished in the gravel trap, and this isn’t what we want to see happen – both of the boys know how much hard work goes into each race weekend and that they have the responsibility to bring that home. We have matured as a team over the past years, so we will be able to move on from this and, hopefully, fight back in a positive way in Monaco.


So how did you see the incident? I’ll be honest, I am inclined to agree with the stewards as a racing incident. I recall Alonso pressing Vettel wide at Monza and then the opposite happening a year later. Both drivers forced into the grass and no penalty given, that’s racing. Defending lines etc.

I’m not one for handing out penalties and I like the new Nico who isn’t going to cede anything to Lewis just as Lewis never does with Nico (USGP in 2015, Bahrain 2014 for example). Nico very intelligently said it was his race to win. This is a head game but implies it’s his race, his time, not Lewis’s. Very well played for a guy who is intent on winning a title.

Lewis has punted, bounced off of and shoved his way through enough races and drivers and done incredibly well so I don’t feel like he’s a victim in the chase for a title here. You put your nose in thinking Nico will lift and be intimidated and this time, he won’t. I love that about Lewis and I like it about Nico now too.

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Paul KieferJr

Saw on Sky Sports F1: Anthony Davidson showed a video. On there, Rosberg realized that he had the engine mapping on the wrong setting and quickly tried to change it to the correct one. In this instance, he no longer had his full attention to the road, and the result was the accident. I was 50/50 before, but now I can see how it would appear that Rosberg was at fault.

Tim C

If Lewis is really the faster driver of the two, then he didn’t need to pass Nico on the third corner of the first lap of the race. He would have been able to get him the moment the DRS became active. It almost seem to me it was a desperate move by a man seeing championship hopes slipping away. Regardless of who was at fault, Nico has definitely shown that he isn’t taking anything else from Lewis. Nico put his stake in the ground as they say. I also think it’s good for the sport to see drivers “go… Read more »


With the difficulty (impossibility) in passing at this track I think he knew he had to pass or it wouldn’t happen. Mercedes cars can’t follow another car without ripping up their tyres too.

Mike Curran

I am in complete agreement,Hammy reminds me of an adult baby when things aren’t going his way. Things are starting to get desperate for him and I think he would rather take both of them out than to allow Nico to beat him. I expected better from the world champ but this is how he chooses to react and drive. Not too professional in my opinion.


Speaking of adult baby, what a funny move for a guy often accused of spitting his binky out of the pram, to toss his wheel like that. Talk about playing to type! So funny.


Agree however that particular track is really difficult to pass at. Current thought is that you need about a 2.5 second differential to make it work. So yes Lewis was desperate as he knew that if he didn’t get past then it was unlikely to happen without the team or misfortune engineering it.


That wasn’t meant to defend Lewis I mean he is desperate and I wonder if Nico has now got under his skin and he will start making even more poor decisions

Marcio Ribeiro

I agree that it was a racing incident and it did not warrant a penalty of any kind. Nevertheless, I also agree with Niki Lauda when he says Nico was in the lead and had no obligation to move out of the way for Lewis to pass. Lewis saw a gap, went for it, the gap closed and he didn’t lift. Wrong choice. But it’s part winners instinct, part craft and part luck. Had Nico been intimidated by Lewis’ move, it might have worked and we’d be talking about Hamilton’s audacity (in a positive way). But sometimes courageous moves lead… Read more »


All I know is, Kvyat was far away behind.


Racing incident (or I should say accident).

We hold these drivers up to impossible standards and sometimes they just simply stuff up. Lewis went into a gap that was always going to close, Nico just didn’t think Lewis would go there.

Stewards got it right.


Agreed but I think that’s taking the easy way out a little, because even if it deserves no further action it’s unlikely the scales don’t tip even the slightest bit one way or the other. Everyone bitched last year that when Lewis shoved himself in and said ‘let me through or we both crash’ Nico played company man and backed off. Now Nicos doing exactly what we all moaned he wasn’t doing last year and that’s why he’s leading the points and it’s the example Lewis set for him that he’s following. Lewis was behind – bearing more responsibility to… Read more »


The thing you missed was “Nico had his car set on “missing 160 horsepower” mode and nobody could have expected him to be driving so slowly. In the fraction of a fraction of a second you have to decide which side of the car you are chasing to be on he expected nico to be 20-30 feet up the road from where he was.


You make a good point. Although in Lewis’ own words he was aware (because of the light) exactly what was going on, Rosberg made a pause while closing the door. Whether he had a moment when he considered leaving a lane or, more likely, he was fussing with his switches, still one might get the impression, coming up from behind, that he was the Rosberg of old and was going to yield. It was all pretty fast and sort of understandable.

I just think in the end you have to be able to handle all that if you’re the passer.


Nico will have known that Hamilton was alongside already, so I think that move was not in the spirit of the rules saying you shouldn’t run other drivers off the road, but probably the move was ok technically. Still, he could have foreseen that Hamilton going onto the grass would most likely also spell trouble for himself.


Disagree The “oh after you” behaviour relegates you to number two and not a potential world champion… It was a legitimate cut back Hamilton could have backed out. This is just the old dog being told….. caution I will bite by the young subordinate. Just look at what happened to Schumacher’s team mate


that should have been team mates

jiji the cat

100% agree with you NC


Also another good example of Niki Lauda being not only useless, but counterproductive as well. He’s got no interest whatsoever in how his comments might hurt the team.

Lesson #1 would be: If someone asks you a question, that doesn’t automatically mean you should answer it. *Really* answer it.

Btw could anyone relay that one to Eddie Irvine and Jacques Villeneuve as well?


I disagree, he should answer it with the truth.
It is the mainstream media who is to blame for taking his comments to the extreme.

Fred Talmadge

When I saw it I blamed Rosberg. Then I heard about the power settings being wrong and now I agree with the stewards. Besides assigning blame does nothing to solve the issue now or in the future.

Dennis Tirch

I am with you, NC, in appreciating a more assertive Nico and also in understanding this as a racing incident. Admittedly, as a Hamilton fan, I’m probably biased in Lewis’ favor, a bit. However, I have a few reasons for holding Rosberg a bit more accountable, or at least for having a dimmer view of Nico today than I did yesterday. I think Davidson’s excellent analysis demonstrated that a part of Nico’s attention was diverted during this section of the race. It doesn’t appear that Nico properly judged that Lewis was already well into his move when he pushed him… Read more »


No need to decide, Hamilton already apologized, which suggested he accepted it’s his fault. This fact is beneficial to Rosberg’s championship. “I have already apologised to the team,” he said. “That was the most gutting thing when I stopped, just thinking about all these things that worked so hard in this team to give me an opportunity to race today. “It was apologies from my behalf that I didn’t score those points for the team. These things happen in racing but it’s the right thing to apologise to all these guys, just like when the engine fails they apologise to… Read more »

Andreas Möller

To be fair, a driver saying “sorry” to his team does not automatically mean he’s accepting blame or suggesting it was his fault. It means he’s sorry about how the race ended, after all their hard work. It can also be more than that, but it doesn’t have to be at all related to accepting blame – drivers often say “sorry guys” to their team even after being punted out of the race through absolutely no fault of their own. In Vettel’s case, once he’s done swearing ;-)


The media and Skysports will not see it that way and will hype the controversies for all they can milk it. However, Lewis is in a good mental state and Nico isn’t going to be able to rattle him easily. Monaco is sort of Nico’s territory, Lewis must beat him there to gain about psychological advantage.

Andreas Möller

Obviously, I don’t know how the German media took this, but having seen the Sky Sports coverage, I didn’t feel they took Lewis’ words as any sort of admission of guilt (in regards to the incident itself). They mentioned to Lewis that Nico might have been distracted by the engine mode change and saw Lewis too late, then if he wanted to lay the blame anywhere (clearly offering him a bone to run with). Lewis responded that he didn’t see any point of getting into that, and that he’d rather focus on the future. The Sky interview with Rosberg was… Read more »



Jim Pennington

Nico said he was in the wrong setting then over defended, Hamilton went for the gap was pushed in the grass day over. If I where in either car I would have done the same. They are racing for the win. Not driving to the grocery store.


double yep

Christy from Canada

Lewis would never have let Nico through if roles were reversed. This is a turning point for Nico I think. I agree with Niki’s viewpoint.



Mike Curran

I think Nico has to come off very strong over the next two races. If he does manage to out point the Hamster then he will be world champ. Nico has never been in a better position than right now so let’s see if he can capitalise on this to carry him to glory. Ham has put himself in a bad position and he is well aware of the consequence of taking out both cars again. His edge is gone now.


Racing incident. Rosberg was within his rights to move to the right and take the inside line away. I don’t think he realized how big the speed differential was at the time. Hamilton went for a gap that was almost certain to close. Just a bad set of circumstances. The only reason this is questionable is because Rosberg made the aggressive move. Hamilton has shown himself to be aggressive against Rosberg and we would expect Hamilton do something like that. I don’t think playing with the wheel is that big of a factor. Watch these guys race and you’ll see… Read more »

Wayne Rentoul

Nico’s confidence took a huge hit in Spa when they clashed last time, so it’s awesome to see him standing his ground this time! Go Nico!! Would Lewis have pulled that move on Seb, Dan, Kimi or anyone else but Nico? NO, I think not, so why does he think that Nico would be OK with it? I also don’t buy Lewis’ bunk that his first thoughts were for the “1300 Merc staff back in Brixworth and Brackley that he disappointed”. PLEASE!! He was so upset he had to throw his steering wheel out of the car in a tantrum…… Read more »


Racing incident. If the roles had been reversed and it was Hamilton in the lead he would have done the same thing. In fact I was really happy to see that Nico had the B**ls to try to stamp on Lewis and say uh uh big boy not this time. I am fast becoming a real fan of the new Nico. For those who are slamming Nico just remember the current aggressiveness he is showing is just what Hamilton has been praised for in the past. It goes two ways. The question I have is what the heck is happening… Read more »


How many times has hamilton taken nico out of the race before today vs the other way around? Thats why nico gets the calls for “Less stupid agression” and not lewis, who usually pulls it off cleanly-ish


But Nico didn’t take Hamilton out…. it was judged to be a racing incident


He stopped looking at the road and swerved violently in front of an oncoming car. When people do that with their phones on the freeway its pretty cut and dry, yea? “Racing incident” means “no punishment” not “Everyone is innocent”.


or driving when tired……….


A Racing incident as far as i’m concerned, over aggressive attacking vs. over aggressive defending.

On a personal note, I hope they do this many more times this year. With the Mercs out of the way we have a real race on our hands.

Andreas Möller

At first, I felt the blame was more on Rosberg, for so aggressively moving over to the inside (there’s no other point in being that far over, except for blocking/squeezing another driver out). But I could also see how Lewis could be blamed for being overly aggressive, so I didn’t see the need to punish one driver over the other. With the stewards coming out with a “racing incident” decision, I’m good with that. Martin Brundle called this the ”defining moment of the season”, in the sense that it might change Mercedes’ modus operandi. Both for this season (by controlling… Read more »

Graeme Fuller

I am with NC, I was rapt when Nico passed Lewis on the outside. I agree that as Nico was in front in was his to take. Lewis has closed gaps before on many drivers, Nico included. Also was it necessary for Lewis to pass that early?, he is a racer and yes should go for gaps, but that early in the race. I eagerly await the podcast to here PC’s view on that and the peace as a whole. Finally what t-shirts will be made up for the plucky teen now?