Rosberg apologises for Spa contact, Mercedes confirms drivers still free to race
Nico Rosberg has apologised to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton and acknowledged his responsibility for their collision on the second lap of last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Mercedes executive directors Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe met with Rosberg and Hamilton earlier today at the team’s factory in Brackley to discuss the events of Sunday’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.
Rosberg made contact with Hamilton at Les Combes as the two battled for the lead on lap two, puncturing the Englishman’s tyre and costing Mercedes what could have been a clear one-two finish.
In the statement released on Friday, Mercedes confirmed that the two drivers are free to race but further contact will not be tolerated.
Rosberg was said to have accepted blame for the collision during the meeting and has been disciplined by the team.
The full statement reads: “Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton met today in the boardroom of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS headquarters in Brackley to discuss the events of the Belgian Grand Prix.
“During this meeting, Nico acknowledged his responsibility for the contact that occurred on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix and apologised for this error of judgement.
“Suitable disciplinary measures have been taken for the incident.
“Mercedes-Benz remains committed to hard, fair racing because this is the right way to win world championships. It is good for the team, for the fans and for Formula One.
“Lewis and Nico understand and accept the team’s number one rule: there must be no contact between the team’s cars on track.
“It has been made clear that another such incident will not be tolerated. But Nico and Lewis are our drivers and we believe in them.
“They remain free to race for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.”
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