Mercedes confirms drivers free to race as disciplined Rosberg apologises for crash

By on Friday, August 29, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes has confirmed that drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton remain free to race, following their collision during the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg made contact with Hamilton on the second lap, giving the Brit a puncture and straining relations between the duo.

Hamilton inferred after the race that Rosberg had deliberately not backed out of the move, while senior management also expressed their dissatisfaction with the German racer.

But Rosberg and Hamilton met with Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe at Mercedes's Brackley base on Friday morning to discuss the events of last weekend's race.

Mercedes confirmed that Rosberg, who leads the championship by 29 points, apologised for the collision and has been disciplined by the team.

'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', read a Mercedes statement.

'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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