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Team Statement:

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 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.

Nico Rosberg Statement:

In the days since the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what happened during the race and discussing it with the team.

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.

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.

Lewis and I have been given clear instructions about how we race each other.

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.

I look forward to concluding the season with hard, fair competition on and off track right up to the final lap of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton Statement:

Today we came together as a team and discussed our differences.

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.

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.

And I promise you that I will be giving everything and more to win this for my team, for my family and for my fans.

F1B Statement:

Uh…ok.

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  • Rapierman

    I have the moral of today’s stories, but I’m going to keep it inside my head.

  • the drivers seat

    well that’s that then, nothing to worry about till the engines fire up in Italy

  • Steven M

    Moral of the story is, take out anybody you want, as you get to keep the points.
    The only suitable punishment would be for Nico to be suspended for 1 race so Lewis can make up the points stolen.

  • Both drivers have shown that they are willing to risk ending their race in order to beat the other. Now that we have mutually assured destruction, perhaps they will return to just good hard racing. Although I have a sense that once the red mist descends…….

  • Mercedes message – Nico is family! He has been involved from the very beginning, suffered through the hard times with Michael, been a key player in developing our success, and all the time being the good corporate mouthpiece. Loyalty, hard work, and commitment are qualities greatly appreciated at Mercedes.

    Mercedes message- Lewis is a hired gun/mercenary, who brings speed, drama, and baggage. We will tolerate this for as long as you win for us. Great having you as a guest, but can’t wait for you to leave.

    Ron Dennis message: McLaren/Honda looking for a star; it time for the prodigal son to return!

  • nateman

    From what I saw it was a racing incident and nothing more. Hate to see Nico so contrite and the Team be so “tough love parental”. If the drivers are free to race, how does the one in arrears pass the other one without putting the cars in close proximity? A manufactured controversy.

  • MIE

    In previous seasons both Rosberg and Hamilton raced with yellow helmets, this year they have changed to black and white. While this makes driver identification easier, I wonder if Nico’s colour choice was an early indication of his intent to be a meaner driver? If Westerns have taught me anything, it is that the man in the black hat is the villain.

  • jonnowoody

    Is that the sound of Ross Brawn’s fishing fly spinning in its watery grave?

  • proginator

    sadly what we’re seeing in Rosberg is a ruthless approach to winning that worked for the great Michael Schumacher..not to degrade the image of a true racing legend going through the fight of his life but anyone paying attention to NR’s ‘tactics’ this season will see the similarities..I personally think it’s unsafe and were all the other drivers to adopt this approach we would eventually see a serious life-threatening incident..not what F1 is about anymore..Nico needs to be kept on a short leash and any further ‘mistakes in judgment’ that effect the results in his favour need to be punished with race suspensions otherwise the road to the WDC will be littered with further ‘casualties’ that we can only hope will pertain to the hardware and not the software..just say’n

    • I understand your point but one clash doesn’t really make him a Schumacher so to speak (although I am a fan of Michael’s). Monaco was a clash with Lewis. Bahrain and Hungary showed a Nico who lifted when Lewis slammed the door so I think he’s amenable to a point, this time he wasn’t going to be and it was a mistake. JMHO.

  • proginator

    did nico gift lewis that win?..sure looked like it..payback?..who really cares..we can be sure it will be game-on from here on in..some great racing going on behind the frontrunners..solid product..rule changes seem to be working