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FIA has no plans to investigate Spa clash

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The FIA has confirmed it is not planning to launch an investigation into the collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The accident occurred on the second lap of the race as Rosberg clipped the rear of Hamilton's Mercedes, causing a puncture. The stewards decided not to investigate the contact at the time, classifying it as a racing incident.

However, after the race Hamilton claimed Rosberg had admitted to causing the contact on purpose during a team meeting after the race. Team boss Toto Wolff, who was also in the meeting, denied the contact was deliberate but admitted Rosberg was trying to "make a point".

By the time the content of the meeting had been revealed to the press, the results had been made official by the stewards. On Monday, the FIA confirmed that it would not consider reviewing the results unless new information was officially submitted to the governing body.

"The FIA will not intervene in this issue," FIA communications boss Pierre Regent confirmed to the Daily Mail. "Only a 'new element' that would have appeared after the results became final could justify us opening an investigation. A comment alleged to have been made in an internal briefing and later denied by the team itself does not constitute such a 'new element'."

Even if a "new element" worthy of review does exist, it is very unlikely any of the parties involved will bring it to the attention of the FIA and risk an investigation.

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