Nico Rosberg has apologised to Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team, admitting that he was at fault for the collision between he and his team-mate early in the Belgian Grand Prix.
The German clashed with Hamilton on the second lap of last weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps, making contact with the left-rear tyre of his team-mate at the Les Combes section, causing a puncture that dropped the Englishman out of contention, and forced him into eventual retirement, while Rosberg recovered to finishes second.
The pair were summoned for talks with Mercedes team bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe on Friday morning, with Rosberg admitting the collision had been his fault.
Rosberg has since taken to Facebook to issue a personal apology, calling the contact an “error of judgement”.
“In the days since the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what happened during the race and discussing it with the team,” Rosberg said.
“I have already expressed my regret about the incident but, after meeting with Toto, Paddy and Lewis today, I wish to go a step further and describe it as an error of judgement on my part.
“The number one rule for us as team-mates is that we must not collide but that is exactly what happened.
“For that error of judgement, I apologise to Lewis and the team,” he added. “I also want to say sorry to the fans who were deprived of our battle for the lead in Belgium.
“Lewis and I have been given clear instructions about how we race each other.
“As drivers, we have a clear responsibility to the team, the fans of the sport, our partners and Mercedes-Benz to deliver clean racing. We take that responsibility very seriously.
“I look forward to concluding the season with hard, fair competition on and off track right up to the final lap of the season in Abu Dhabi.”
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