F1: Rosberg apologises for crash with Hamilton in 2014 Belgian Grand Prix
PUBLISHED: 17:27 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:27 29 August 2014
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg has apologised after Sunday’s controversial crash with Silver Arrows colleague Lewis Hamilton in the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
Mercedes-Benz Motorsport head Toto Wolff, team technical director Paddy Lowe, world championship leader Rosberg and Hertfordshire-born F1 star Hamilton met today (Friday) in the boardroom of Mercedes AMG Petronas’ headquarters in Brackley to discuss what happened at last weekend’s Belgian GP.
Rosberg hit Hamilton’s Mercedes on lap two of the Spa grand prix, shredding the Silver Arrows’ rear left tyre.
The puncture sent Hamilton from first to the back of the field.
Damage from the contact eventually resulted in Hamilton retiring from the race, while Rosberg went on to finish on the podium.
F1 2014 World Drivers’ Championship
After 2014 Belgian Grand Prix
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 220
2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 191
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 156
4 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 121
5 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 110
6 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 98
Hamilton told reporters on Sunday that teammate Rosberg had admitted to hitting him on purpose to “prove a point”, although the German dismissed it as a racing incident.
Rosberg has since been punished by the Mercedes team, and the bitter Silver Arrows rivals have been warned about future wheel-to-wheel racing.
After today’s clear-the-air talks, a statement from Mercedes said: “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.”
The statement continued: “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.”
The 2014 Italian Grand Prix at Monza takes place on Sunday, September 7.
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