Hamilton and Rosberg have done it again and crashed into the finish line at the Austrian Grand Prix, setting a powder keg of simmering tensions alight.
They just couldn’t help themselves, could they? We’ve barely forgotten about the crash that ended them all at the Spanish Grand Prix when the Mercedes duo brought their rivalry to the forefront of our minds with another collision on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix. On the final run to Turn Two, Hamilton went in for the kill and tried to overtake Rosberg from the outside. Instead, the Silver Arrows made contact in the braking zone and Rosberg ended up with a broken wing.
At the very least, they finished this time though. Lewis Hamilton was the controversial winner of the Austrian GP while Nico Rosberg kept his 4th place despite the 10-second penalty placed on him. The outcry was against Hamilton after the last crash, but this time, some authoritative voiced place the blame squarely on Rosberg.
“You can see Lewis is expecting Rosberg’s car to be turning on the inside and clearly it doesn’t and the two cars make contact.
“The fact he runs past the apex means Rosberg has probably got a brake issue, but I’m watching the hands on the wheel as well and it’s clear to see that even if you’re running out wide, he doesn’t really even attempt to make the corner.
“He puts about a half degree steering wheel on and the two make contact, and then he goes on the full lock.
“From Lewis’s onboard, when he is in the braking zone, he leaves enough of a car’s space on the inside, so I can see why they’ve called Nico up to the stewards.”
Anthony Davidson, Sky F1
Sure, Hamilton may be walking away with first place and Rosberg with a penalty, but is he a clear winner in this situation? Or is Mercedes, for that matter? Their two top drivers are once more at each other’s throats after they just barely buried the last hatchet. Hamilton is fast developing a reputation as a ruthless opportunist, if the booing on the podium was any indication. What’s a win worth if people aren’t rooting for you? Personally, we’d think not very much.