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I was so lucky to escape unhurt, admits Nico Rosberg

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/08/2015

SNico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP
SNico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP

Nico Rosberg has said only luck prevented him from crashing into the wall after he suffered a spectacular 200mph tyre blowout in practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old German was approaching Blanchimont when he suffered a right-rear tyre failure on his Mercedes.

Rosberg was a helpless passenger as his car was sent into a high-speed slide following the tyre explosion, but mercifully he avoided a heavy impact with the wall.

"It was quite a shock because I didn't expect it," said Rosberg, whose wife Vivian is due to give birth to their first child next week.

"It was not a nice experience at nearly 200mph to suddenly lose control. Something failed on the right rear.

"Unfortunately it wasn't down to my skill, it was just luck that I stayed away from the wall. Of course it is a little bit of a dent in the confidence. I didn't feel anything before - there was no warning at all - so there is going to be a big analysis."

Rosberg refused to speculate on the cause of the failure while Pirelli - the sport's sole tyre supplier - vowed to carry out a full investigation.

Rosberg set the pace in both practice sessions at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and his fastest lap of one minute 49.385 seconds was three 10ths quicker than Lewis Hamilton, who leads Rosberg by 21 points in the standings.

Hamilton said: "Nico is very quick so I have work to do to see where I can find some time.

"Ferrari and Red Bull also look closer here than they have at past weekends, so it'll be a close run thing.

"What happened towards the end with Nico obviously wasn't good but luckily he's unhurt."

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