Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his win.
Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his win. Mark Thompson Getty Images

Ricciardo cashes in on Mercedes bust-up

MOTORSPORT: The "no rules" rivalry between Mercedes F1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will be reviewed after a collision put Hamilton out of action and allowed Aussie young gun Daniel Ricciardo to win the Belgian Grand Prix.

A bewildered Hamilton told reporters the German, whose car's front wing clipped Hamilton's rear tyre in a failed attempt to overtake, had deliberately caused the accident.

"We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose," Hamilton said.

"He said he could have avoided it.

"He said 'I did it to prove a point'."

Rosberg went on to finish second, extending his lead over his teammate to 29 points with seven races remaining. Ricciardo is a further 35 points back in third place.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "Racing accidents can happen, racing accidents among teammates shouldn't happen.

"Racing accidents among teammates on lap number two of a 44-lap race with a dominant car should be a no-no-no."

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