Nico Rosberg on Daniel Ricciardo clash: It was my corner

Nico Rosberg feels Daniel Ricciardo was at fault for the collision which gave him a puncture at the Hungarian Grand Prix and cost him a huge points swing on title rival Lewis Hamilton.

In the closing stages of the race Ricciardo, on the soft tyre, was closing in on Rosberg, on mediums, in the battle for second but unable to get close enough with DRS for a pass on the long pit straight. Five laps from the end Ricciardo mounted an optimistic lunge down the inside of Turn 1, only for Rosberg to turn inside when the Australian ran deep.

As Rosberg got back onto the racing line Ricciardo's front wing clipped the Mercedes' left rear, giving the German a puncture and forcing him to pit. It dropped him down to eighth, below Mercedes team-mate Hamilton in sixth, when he looked set to go into the summer break with the championship lead.

"For me, the incident with Daniel was pretty clear," Rosberg said. "I was on the ideal line, he braked too late and went wide. I then stayed on the racing line, so it was my corner, but he still had his front wing there and hit me."

The stewards took no further action after reviewing the incident; something Rosberg admits will stop him from making a big issue of the incident.

"For me it was my corner because I held the line and he over-did it and went wide. It was my corner, from my point of view, that's why I used the track on the exit and he still had his front wing there. We touched, but I'm not going to say strongly on doing anything because in the end we have to trust the FIA decision and they decided not to penalise him, so..."

Eight position meant Rosberg lost ground on Hamilton, who now leads the drivers' championship by 21 points.