Mercedes chiefs hit out at Rosberg
24 August 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has described as "unacceptable" Nico Rosberg's clash with team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Whilst battling for the lead on the second lap of the race, Rosberg clipped the rear of Hamilton's car at Les Combes, handing the latter a puncture.
Rosberg finished second, but Hamilton retired his car in the closing stages as a result of damage sustained during and after the incident.
"It was an unacceptable risk," Wolff explained to Sky Sports shortly after the race had concluded. "This is an absolutely unacceptable race for us. On Lap 2 our drivers crashing into each other... unbelievable.
"There is one rule and that is that you don't crash into each other. And it has happened not at the end but on Lap 2. If there is any rev limiter [in terms of anger] I'm there. It's important there are rules and they're followed."
Non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda shared his frustration, adding that he has apologised to Hamilton.
"I said sorry [to Lewis] because for him it's bad, no question about it," said the three-time F1 champion.
"Lewis was clear in the lead, there was no question about it, Nico was behind and why in the second lap?
"If they fight all the way to the end [of the race] these things can happen, but not in the second lap."