August 29th, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Following a team meeting Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have released separate statements accepting that they had both made mistakes.
Rosberg took responsibility and apologised for the coming-together between him and Hamilton on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I have already expressed my regret about the incident but, after meeting with Toto, Paddy and Lewis today, I wish to go a step further and describe it as an error of judgement on my part,” Rosberg’s statement read.
“The number one rule for us as team-mates is that we must not collide but that is exactly what happened.
“For that error of judgement, I apologise to Lewis and the team. I also want to say sorry to the fans who were deprived of our battle for the lead in Belgium.”
“As drivers, we have a clear responsibility to the team, the fans of the sport, our partners and Mercedes-Benz to deliver clean racing. We take that responsibility very seriously.”
Teammate Hamilton admitted he had also made mistakes and said it was useless to point the finger.
“Nico and I accept that we have both made mistakes and I feel it would be wrong to point fingers and say which one is worse than the other,” said the Briton.
“What’s important is how we rise as a team from these situations. We win and we lose together and, as a team, we will emerge stronger.
“There is a deep foundation that still exists for me and Nico to work from, in spite of our difficult times and differences.
“We have the greatest team, the strongest group of individuals who have worked their hands to the bone to give us the best car you see us racing today.
“It’s important that we never forget that and give them the results they deserve.
“Today, Toto and Paddy told us clearly how we must race against each other from now on in a fair and respectful manner.
“The fans want to see a clean fight until the end of the season and that’s what we want to give them.
“It’s going to be a tough road from here but Championships have been won from much further back than I am now.”
Rosberg currently leads the championship with 220 points. Hamilton is second on 191 points.