Mercedes experienced every F1 team’s nightmare outcome in the Spanish Grand Prix as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start.
Hamilton had lost the lead to Rosberg at turn one when the race began and was trying to repass his team mate at turn four when the pair made contact.
The stewards have announced the incident will be investigated after the race. It is likely to have far-reaching implications for the team as the pair are leading the world championship.
Who do you think was responsible?
Rosberg clearly came out of turn three slower than Hamilton and chose to come off the racing line to defend his position. He pulled all the way to the inside of the corner, leaving no space for Hamilton to pass him on the inside.
Hamilton committed himself to trying to pass Rosberg on the inside but as his team mate used the full width of the track he drove onto the grass. That loss of control sent his Mercedes spinning into his team mate’s car.
Rosberg’s defensive move was very firm, but it was not sudden and it was not unpredictable: it was a clear, consistent change of direction. Hamilton should have expected he was not going to be given a clear run down the inside of the approaching corner.
Hamilton didn’t hit Rosberg deliberately: he lost control when his car went on the grass. But he had the option of backing out of the move. That’s why I hold Hamilton primarily responsible.
Who do you blame for Mercedes’ race-ruining collision? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.
Who do you blame for the crash between Rosberg and Hamilton?
- Rosberg is entirely to blame (9%)
- Rosberg is mainly to blame (26%)
- Rosberg and Hamilton are equally to blame (18%)
- Hamilton is mainly to blame (29%)
- Hamilton is entirely to blame (13%)
- Neither are to blame (5%)
- No opinion (0%)
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