Mercedes Discipline Nico Rosberg Over Spa Collision

A crash at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend that Nico Rosberg took responsibility of after a brutal collision, effectively ended Lewis Hamilton's hopes of victory and placed him second in the Formula One drivers' championship table behind Mercedes teammate Rosberg.

updated: August 29, 2014 19:19 IST
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This file picture dated August 21, 2014 shows Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg holding a press conference at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa ahead of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. The Mercedes Formula One team said on August 29, 2014 it has disciplined Nico Rosberg after he accepted "responsibility" for a crash with teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.


Brackley, England: Nico Rosberg was disciplined by Mercedes on Friday after accepting responsibility for a collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix that deepened the rift between the two rivals for the drivers' title.

The tension between the Mercedes pair ratcheted up Sunday when Hamilton claimed Rosberg had admitted to deliberately driving into him on the second lap of the race at Spa. The crash effectively ended Hamilton's hopes of victory - he sustained a puncture to his tire and had to later retire - and Rosberg placed second to increase his championship lead over Hamilton to 29 points.

The two drivers attended a meeting at the team's headquarters in Brackley, England, on Friday along with executive director Toto Wolff and technical chief Paddy Lowe, where Mercedes said Rosberg "acknowledged his responsibility for the contact" and "apologized for this error of judgement." (Also read: Rosberg booed after crash punctures Hamilton's hopes)

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