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Mercedes duo free to race following team meeting

The Championship leading team say they will not tolerate a similar incident - like the one at Spa - again.
Friday, August 29, 2014

August 29th, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - A statement from Mercedes announced that Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will remain free to race following a clash at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The pair came together on lap two of the race and Hamilton later told journalists that Rosberg had told him he hit him on purpose.

A statement from Mercedes confirms that Rosberg, Hamilton, Mercedes motorsports director Toto Wolff and executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe met in Brackley to discuss the events of the race.

It goes on to say that Rosberg has been disciplined and the pair will remain free to race.

“Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton met today in the boardroom of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS headquarters in Brackley to discuss the events of the Belgian Grand Prix,” the statement reads.

“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 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.”
 

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