Mercedes confirms drivers free to race after talks on Friday

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Mercedes has confirmed that its two drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg remain free to race for the remainder of the 2014 Formula 1 season, following talks on Friday.

The warring Mercedes drivers met with team bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe on Friday to discuss the events of the pair’s clash at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Rosberg made contact with Hamilton’s rear-tyre at Les Combes on the second lap of the race.

The Englishman claimed after the race that his team-mate had admitted to causing the collision ‘to prove a point’, while Wolff and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda criticised Rosberg’s actions, calling the clash, which cost the Brackley-based outfit a shot at a 1-2 finish, “unacceptable”.

Following talks on Friday, Mercedes has confirmed that Rosberg has apologised for causing the contact, and has been formally disciplined, while reiterating the team’s desire to allow its two drivers to continue to battle for the drivers’ title without the interference orders, as long as there is not a repeat of the incident.

“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,” read a Mercedes statement released on Friday.

“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.”

Rosberg leads the drivers’ championship by 29 points from Hamilton with seven races still remaining.

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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