Nico Rosberg, the current leader in the Formula One Championship, has apologised to Lewis Hamilton for hitting his car during the Belgian Grand Prix.
The German made contact with the back of his team-mate’s vehicle on the second lap of the race at Spa and the Briton later retired from the race with a puncture.
Mercedes said Rosberg apologised for the manoeuvre and has been disciplined.
After the race Hamilton said Rosberg admitted hitting him on purpose to “prove a point”.
Mercedes said (bosses) Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe along with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton met in the boardroom of the team’s Amg Petronas headquarters in Brackley, England, 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,” the team said.
“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.“