Rosberg chimes in on Verstappen/Hamilton clash

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Rosberg chimes in on Verstappen/Hamilton clash

The raging debate over who was accountable for last weekend's high profile clash at Silverstone between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton continues to linger, and Nico Rosberg is the latest to chime in.

The 2016 F1 World Champion is undoubtedly well placed to offer his view on events, having quarreled on track with Hamilton more often than his cares to remember, and he did so as the Briton's teammate at Mercedes.

One will recall the pair's skirmishes at Spa in 2014 or in Austria in 2016, but the main fracas that comes to mind is obviously their mutual wash out on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix in 2016.

But Rosberg's view on last Sunday's brawl at Silverstone is anything but controversial.

"It was a racing incident," said the German, speaking in London to Express Sport at the launch of sponsor Heineken's Greener Bar ahead of this weekend Formula E round in the City.

"I mean everybody is going to the limit, it's normal when you're fighting for a race win at the Silverstone Grand Prix and you're fighting for a championship and everything is so closely fought.

Rosberg said the encounter between Hamilton and Verstappen was in large part due to the Mercedes driver's strategic need to overhaul his arch-rival as quickly as possible so as to not allow Verstappen the opportunity to run away and establish a lead.

"You know the importance of completing the first lap ahead," said Rosberg. "It makes a huge difference on the race results so, a racing incident and just everyone going to the limit.

"It leaves them in a great intense battle. I can't wait to switch on the TV for the next episode. Because definitely this has ramped up the intensity."

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Ocon 'pretty sure' chassis change solved pace issues

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Ocon 'pretty sure' chassis change solved pace issues

Esteban Ocon is confident that the recent chassis change undertaken by Alpine has solved the poor run of form suffered by the French driver in recent races.

After a reasonably good start to his 2021 campaign, Ocon failed to score a top-ten finish in the four races that preceded the British Grand Prix while he was also significantly outpaced by Alpine teammate Fernando Alonso.

The Enstone squad supplied a new chassis to its driver for Silverstone and improvements were immediate. Ocon finished Saturday's sprint race P9, just two spots behind Alonso, with the pair repeated the same result on race day.

"I’m pretty sure we’ve solved the issue that we had," Ocon said after last Sunday's race.

"It’s not only a chassis change that we’ve done, there was a lot of other things, background and other parts that we changed. We spotted something after that day on the Monday.

"We questioned ourselves if that could be the reason. The only thing I care about is that obviously I feel good now and as soon as we did put the car in practice 1, it was competitive like it should and that was much better."

Ocon highlighted the importance of achieving at Silverstone a good result on the back of the hardware changes.

"Very important," he said. "This is the main positive that we are going to keep from the weekend.

"In general, to be able to extract the maximum from the car since all the changes that we’ve made over the last week it’s been great and I can’t wait to be fighting for more points in Budapest."

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