Mercedes’ winning streak this year has finally come to an end at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday when Lewis Hamilton collided with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on the opening lap of the Spanish race.
Both Mercedes drivers were battling for position on the run to Turn 4 when Rosberg made a tough move and tried to close the door to prevent his teammate passing. Hamilton went on to the grass and lost control in the braking zone, spinning around and colliding with his teammate.
Hamilton and Rosberg were battling for position on the run to Turn 4 when Rosberg made an aggressive move and closed the door to prevent his team-mate entry.
As the two drivers exited Turn 3, Hamilton tried to pass Rosberg and overtake on the inside as the two-headed down to Turn 4. But the quick-reacting Rosberg moved to close the door, blocking Hamilton and forcing him on the grass as the two approach the braking zone.
Hamilton went on to the grass and spinning out of control. He then hit Rosberg and the two crashed out to the gravel trap. The incident has left Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen at the head of the race track, with Carlos Sainz’ toro Rosso on the third slot.
According to Motorsport, Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda has blamed Hamilton for the opening lap collision at the Spanish Grand Prix, describing the said incident as “stupid”. Lauda was so furious after seeing his team’s hopes of another title at Barcelona gone with seconds of the start.
Speaking in the moments after the crash, Lauda blamed Hamilton for the incident.
“It is stupid. We could have won the race,” Lauda said in a statement, via the Motorsport. “Lewis was too aggressive.”
When asked what the response would be, Lauda said: “First I need to talk to them myself, listen to the explanation, and then we will see.”
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