Mercedes F1 have taken disciplinary action against Nico Rosberg after he collided with team mate Lewis Hamilton on the 2nd lap of last weeks Belgian Grand. Rosberg is said to have apologised to the team and Hamilton in a meeting at race HQ.
The collision was minor, but enough to cause Hamilton’s left rear tyre to fail instantly and it eventually led to his retirement from the race while Rosberg finished second. Mercedes didn’t disclose the exact nature of the disciplinary action but it is believed to be a fine and a warning over future on track conduct.
Team principles and the two drivers in question met on Friday at race operation headquarters in Brackley, England which is just a few miles away from Silverstone. Rosberg is believed to have told Hamilton, post race, that he wanted to prove a point by not conceding his line despite not having any chance to over take Hamilton at Spa’s Les Combes corner.
Mercedes F1 team principles were furious with Rosberg and openly blamed the German driver for causing unavoidable contact, BBC commentator, Eddie Jordan, declared it was “open warfare” between Hamilton and Rosberg from now on until the end of the season.
A Mercedes statement read:
“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,” the statement read.
“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 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.”
Whether these so called clear the air talks solve the issue surrounding the incident remains to be seen, Rosberg recently signed a new multi-year contract with Mercedes, Hamilton has yet to put pen to paper.
The collision has revealed a side to Rosberg that he has done well to hide under that unflappable front, he has shown a weakness in his race armor and in sport, in any sport, showing weakness is a big disadvantage to carry.