Nico Rosberg has offered his opinion on the crash that took Max Verstappen out of the British Grand Prix after contact with Lewis Hamilton at Copse corner on the opening lap.
The 2016 F1 World Champion was speaking to the UK's Express Sport at a Formula E launch of Heineken's Greener Bar, and was asked about who he believed played the bigger role in the crash, with the stewards ruling that Hamilton was predominantly to blame.
“It was a racing incident," Rosberg said.
“I mean everybody is going to the limits, it's normal when you're fighting for a race win at the Silverstone Grand Prix and you're fighting for a championship and everything is so closely fought, and you know the importance of becoming out of the first lap first."
Rosberg himself is no stranger to collisions with a title rival, having had contact with teammate Lewis Hamilton at Spa in 2014, and Austria and Spain 2016 when fighting for the titles. At the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, both Mercedes drivers were eliminated when Rosberg and Hamilton collided at Turn 4.
“It makes a huge difference on the race results so, racing incidents and just everybody going to the limits," Rosberg explained.
“It leaves them in a great intense battle. I can't wait to switch on the TV for the next instalment because it definitely has ramped up the intensity."
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