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Mercedes teammates’ collision ‘brainless’

RACE CONTROVERSY: British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (centre), Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing (left) and Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen of Scuderia Ferrari celebrate on the podium after the 2016 Grand Prix of Austria in Spielberg.
RACE CONTROVERSY: British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (centre), Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing (left) and Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen of Scuderia Ferrari celebrate on the podium after the 2016 Grand Prix of Austria in Spielberg. CHRISTIAN BRUNA

MOTORSPORT: Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for more cheers than jeers at this weekend’s British Grand Prix after taking out a controversial win in Austria.

A last-lap coming together between Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg led to the Brit being booed by the pro-German crowd after they and Germany’s Rosberg blamed Hamilton for turning in on him and causing the accident.

Hamilton disagreed and so – it seems – did stewards, who handed Rosberg a post-race 10-second time penalty for causing the collision and a reprimand for continuing with a damaged car.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff described the collision as “brainless”, without saying who was to blame.

He did tell reporters, however, he might consider imposing so-called “team orders” in the future.

“I’m fed up with trying to analyse it,” he said after the latest in a number of incidents involving the Mercedes drivers.

“I just don’t want any contact (between them) any more. Collisions between teammates is a no-go for everyone.”

Topics:  formula 1 lewis hamilton nico rosberg