Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and More

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Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and More
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War has been declared at Mercedes, it seems, after the dramatic clash between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the early stages of the Belgian Grand Prix.

There are shades of the aftermath of the qualifying session for May's Monaco Grand Prix here, with a divide of opinion over whether Rosberg intentionally wronged his team-mate.

According to Hamilton, Rosberg did mean to give him a puncture, with the 2008 world champion claiming that the German admitted to purposefully ruining his race.

Rosberg himself, meanwhile, has publicly insisted that the collision on Lap 2 at Spa-Francorchamps, which could ultimately prove title-deciding, was merely your average racing incident.

Whether it was intentional or not, you'd imagine, is of no relevance to Toto Wolff, the team's boss, who was left mortified after watching his drivers come to blows.

That view is not universally shared within the Mercedes boardroom, however, with F1 legend Niki Lauda, another of the drivers' superiors, planting his flag of support in Hamilton's camp.

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen has revealed the key behind his return to form at Spa, a place where he has always performed admirably.

Closing this week's roundup is 32-year-old Andre Lotterer, who produced the real feel-good story of the Belgian Grand Prix with an unflustered performance for backmarkers Caterham in his first, and probably last, F1 weekend—proving, perhaps, that there is more enjoyment to be had at the back of the grid than the front.

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