Rosberg apologises, Mercedes duo free to race


Daimler
29 August 2014 by Ryan Wood | M
          

Mercedes have confirmed it will continue to allow its drivers to race, despite the pair making contact during the Belgian Grand Prix which ended Lewis Hamilton's race and harmed Nico Rosberg's chance of winning.

During a meeting at their Brackley base on Friday, Hamilton and Rosberg met with team bosses to discuss the matter.

Rosberg is reported to have accepted blame and apologised to his team-mate, whilst Mercedes insists they won't employ team orders just yet, but warned no further clashes would be tolerated.

"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 1.

"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 1 world championship," concluded a statement.

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