Mercedes won't change approach to racing

By on Monday, May 16, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists the outfit will continue to allow Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race, despite their collision at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton ended up on the grass as the pair battled on the approach to Turn 4, with the Briton losing control of his W07 Hybrid and careering into the path of Rosberg.

Both drivers ended up spinning into the gravel trap and retiring from the race, marking Mercedes' first failure to score a point since 2012 United States Grand Prix.

"After all the hard work we've put in over the past two weeks it's deeply disappointing to come away with no points, but in my opinion this was a racing incident, with the drivers racing for position, and I don't want to start blaming one or the other," said Wolff.

"Both Lewis and Nico are upset and we talked with them, looking at the pictures and the data, to determine exactly what happened.

"By letting the drivers race as we do, this kind of eventuality can happen but we won't change our approach - we owe it to Formula 1 and the fans to let them race.

"It was the work of the whole team that finished in the gravel trap, and this isn't what we want to see happen - both of the boys know how much hard work goes into each race weekend and that they have the responsibility to bring that home.

"We have matured as a team over the past years, so we will be able to move on from this and, hopefully, fight back in a positive way in Monaco."

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