Rosberg 'not proud' of Belgian clash and aftermath

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4 September 2014 by TF1T Staff

Nico Rosberg says he's not proud of his spat with Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix after he collided with his team-mate and then refused to take responsibility.

The German, speaking at the FIA press conference, addressed the situation and the reason for his apology - which he initially said there was no need for as he wasn't to blame - but revealed a change of heart made him own up to the error.

"I took the week to think about it and have a look at it, then discuss with the team on Friday," he said on Thursday. "In the end I decided it was me who needed to take responsibility for it.

"They [the team] can't make me apologise, it definitely was a decision that came from me after hearing other people's opinions and having looked at it myself again I felt that it was my responsibility."

He believes the boos - which he was subjected to on the podium - were a result of upsetting fans who had come to watch the pair battle it out and he apologised for denying them that spectacle.

"In Spa I was not proud of the way it went because in general I really want to contribute to my sport, I want it to be the most entertaining sport in the world.

"It was not a nice feeling to hear boos towards me but I understand. They travelled a long way to see an exciting race and a good battle between me and Lewis - I understand that and accept that."