Rosberg accepts responsibility for Spa clash

Rosberg accepts responsibility for Spa clash

29 August 2014 – Nico Rosberg has "acknowledged his responsibility" and apologised for clashing with team-mate Lewis Hamilton at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, says Mercedes after crunch talks at the outfit's factory.

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 that would ultimately lead to his retirement from the Grand Prix.

Hamilton later said Rosberg claimed during a post-race debrief that he intentionally hit him to prove a point, comments that the championship leader was quick to deny, describing the collision as a "racing incident".

After giving both drivers a short period to come to terms with the situation, Executive Directors Toto Wolff (Business) and Paddy Lowe (Technical) met with the pair at the outfit's Brackley base on Friday morning.

Mercedes says Rosberg admitted that he was at fault and put forward an apology during the discussion, whilst also confirming that it has taken "suitable disciplinary measures" in a bid to prevent a repeat in the future.

Mercedes added that both drivers remain free to race each other for the remainder of the campaign.

The full Mercedes statement reads:
'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 2 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.'

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