Monday, 09 july 2018, 10:27 , by Matthew Scott
Nico Rosberg has weighed into the debate over Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton's first-lap collision at the British Grand Prix, but has gone against his former team Mercedes to insist that the Ferrari driver did not cause the collision in order to benefit team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Insinuations of sabotage were clear in Mercedes' post-race comments, with Hamilton highlighting "interesting tactics" from the Scuderia, while Toto Wolff, quoting James Allison, questioned whether Raikkonen's actions were "deliberate or incompetent".
The Finn put Hamilton into a spin after he had fallen behind Vettel and Valtteri Bottas in a poor start from pole and received a 10-second penalty, but was still able to finish third, behind Hamilton and race-winner Vettel, who moved eight points clear in the drivers' standings as a result.
Watching the incident, Rosberg's immediate reaction was: "Totally Raikkonen's fault, 100 per cent rubbish..."
However, in a video posted to his YouTube channel, Rosberg firmly dismissed the notion that Raikkonen had intentionally caused the collision.
"The answer is pretty simple, the answer is 100 per cent not on purpose," he said.
"We also saw in Austria, Kimi is not driving for Sebastian.
"In Austria, Kimi was second and Sebastian third and there was no letting Sebastian past at all - he didn't consider that - so Kimi's driving for his own thing.
"He was out there and just completely messed it up, braked way too late and just locked up and just torpedoed into Lewis.
"It was unusual for Kimi because usually those kind of things don't happen to him, so it was a bit strange but definitely not on purpose."
Rosberg's full video diary of the British Grand Prix is below.