Formula One team Ferrari have applauded Lewis Hamilton’s comments after Kimi Raikkonen apologised to him over the controversial British Grand Prix 'racing incident'.
Raikkonen and Hamilton's cars had a collision during the British GP, which was acknowledged by the former as a racing incident.
Following the race, Hamilton came out and accused team Ferrari of ‘interesting tactics’ during the race.
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes boss, also didn't like the incident, and said that the sequence of the crashes which took place in the first lap by the Ferrari drivers was either ‘deliberate or incompetent’.
However, Nico Rosberg, the 2016 Formula One world champion, on his YouTube channel has come to Raikkonen’s defence and revealed that the incident took place without intentions.
"The answer is pretty simple. 100% not on purpose,” said Rosberg, as reported by Autosport.com.
"We also saw that in Austria because even there, Kimi is not driving for Sebastian. In Austria, Kimi was second and Sebastian third and there was no letting Sebastian past at all. They didn't even consider that. Kimi is driving for his own thing. Kimi was out there and just completely messed it up, braked way too late, locked up and torpedoed into Lewis.”
He added: “It is unusual for Kimi because usually those kind of things don't happen to him. So a bit strange. But definitely not on purpose, and well deserved to get a 10-second penalty and two [licence penalty] points."
On Monday, Hamilton issued a statement on his Instagram account, where he said that he has accepted Raikkonen’s apology.
"Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on. It was a racing incident and nothing more. Sometimes we say dumb s**t and we learn from it."
After his statement, Ferrari also launched a statement on their Twitter account, where they applauded Hamilton’s gesture.
"We appreciate Lewis Hamilton's comments today following Kimi Raikkonen's apologies after the British GP, notably when Lewis described the episode at the start as a 'racing incident'.''
Following the incident, Raikkonen received a 10-second penalty from the stewards.