Lewis Hamilton says he is ready to move on from his collision with Nico Rosberg after the German apologised for causing the contact during clear the air talks between the warring Mercedes team-mates on Friday.
The two team-mates met with Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe on Friday morning to settle the dispute, after the pair collided early during last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, an incident which led to Hamilton’s eventual retirement, while Rosberg recovered to finish second behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Rosberg formally accepted the blame for the coming together during the meeting, before issuing a personal statement via Facebook apologising to his team-mate and the Mercedes team.
Hamilton has followed suit, admitting he too had made mistakes, before declaring that the team must now regroup ahead of the final stretch of the season.
“Today we came together as a team and discussed our differences,” Hamilton said. “Nico and I accept that we have both made mistakes and I feel it would be wrong to point fingers and say which one is worse than the other.
“What’s important is how we rise as a team from these situations. We win and we lose together and, as a team, we will emerge stronger.
“There is a deep foundation that still exists for me and Nico to work from, in spite of our difficult times and differences.
“We have the greatest team, the strongest group of individuals who have worked their hands to the bone to give us the best car you see us racing today,” he added. “It’s important that we never forget that and give them the results they deserve.
“Today, Toto and Paddy told us clearly how we must race against each other from now on in a fair and respectful manner.
“The fans want to see a clean fight until the end of the season and that’s what we want to give them.”
Hamilton has also refused to rule himself out of the fight for the drivers’ championship, despite a gap of 29 points between he and his team-mate, Rosberg.
“It’s going to be a tough road from here but Championships have been won from much further back than I am now. And I promise you that I will be giving everything and more to win this for my team, for my family and for my fans.”
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