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Hamilton: 'I won the race fair and square'

2016-07-04 07:16

A WIN IS A WIN: Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Austrian GP in front of a crowd who blamed him for the last lap collision with team mate Nico Rosberg. Image: AFP / Ronald Zak

Spielberg, Austria - Lewis Hamilton said he won 'fair and square' after a last-lap collision with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg that dumped the German off the podium and allowed Hamilton to take a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix victory on Sunday (June 3).

It is just the latest bad blood between the warring duo, and left Mercedes team bosses fuming, while some in the crowd booed Hamilton in the bitter aftermath.

Hamilton said: "I don't feel it was controversial - Nico made a mistake into turn one."

The defending three-time world champion cut championship leader Rosberg's lead in the title race from 24 points to just 11.

No room given

"He clipped the kerb and he went wide. I got a good run on him, he blocked the inside and I went outside," Hamilton continued.

"I was on the racing line, he was on my blind side and I assumed he was there. I went very, very wide as I started to turn - right out to the white line, on the edge of the track, and he collided with me.

"My guys said he had something up with the brakes, maybe - I'm not sure what exactly happened - but I came back on the track as quickly as I could and he was still right there on the white line.

"He didn't give me any room and I had to go on the grass, but it was ok."

Commentators' influence

The 31-year-old Briton said he was surprised at the booing he received after the race when he arrived in the parc ferme and again on the podium when he was interviewed.

READ: 2016 Austrian GP - Hamilton wins, Rosberg crashes in final lap

"Of course, it's not great," he said of the negative reaction.

"This is one of the most beautiful countries to come to, the motorbike I have here, driving through the valleys... so to have that feeling, and that response when you win, it is not the greatest.

"But I forgive them. Sometimes that is the way it is.

"They have a right to have an opinion. I'm not quite sure why they have done it. It doesn't make any difference. I won the race - fair and square."

Fans in the crowd told reporters that they were encouraged to boo by circuit commentators who said the last lap incident was entirely Hamilton's fault.

Replays suggested otherwise.


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