Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hamilton Booed as Boss Blasts 'Brainless' Collision

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hamilton Booed as Boss Blasts 'Brainless' Collision

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LEWIS Hamilton insists he will continue to race his championship rival Nico Rosberg, despite their dramatic last-lap crash in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton secured his third victory of the campaign to move to within 11 points of Rosberg after their collision.

Rosberg appeared on course to extend his lead in the championship, but crashed into Hamilton as the Briton attempted to pass his Mercedes team-mate around the outside of turn two.

The German, who was subsequently handed a 10-second retrospective penalty for the crash by the stewards, sustained damage to his front wing, and limped home only in fourth place.

It marked the third time in five races that the Mercedes team-mates have collided. And naturally, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who described the coming together as "brainless", has said the team will now decide whether orders must be imposed on their drivers for the remaining 12 races.

Explaining the incident, Hamilton, who was booed on the podium, said: "I drove as wide as possible, and I left a lot of space. Three cars could have come on the inside of me.

"The team wants to finish first and second. That's our goal. That's my goal. But certain circumstances have led us to where we are today. We have lots more races ahead, and we are going to continue to race.

"I'm fighting for a world championship so I'm going to keep fighting, and hopefully through these experiences there'll will be no more collisions. Hopefully, they'll be a blip in the mist and we'll keep racing."

Whether they are allowed to race will be left in the hands of Wolff and the Mercedes hierarchy. Speaking to television media, Wolff, who thumped his fist on the table as he watched the incident unfold, said: "It was brainless. We are looking like a bunch of idiots."

Later, when addressing the written press in more reflective mood, he added: "I don't want to attribute blame because every time you watch the video there's new information. …

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