Lewis Hamilton has vowed that his title battle with Nico Rosberg will be clean from here on in following crunch talks with Mercedes team bosses…
Lewis Hamilton has vowed that his Championship battle with Nico Rosberg will be clean from here on in following crunch talks with Mercedes team bosses.
Following a highly controversial Belgian GP during which the two drivers made contact, Mercedes head honchos Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe called a meeting with both their drivers to clear the air.
Having initially had very different views of what happened on Sunday, the two have now accepted they were both in the wrong at some point.
In a statement, Mercedes revealed that “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.”
Meanwhile, Rosberg “expressed my regret about the incident” and apologised to “Hamilton, the team and fans”.
Hamilton also issued a personal statement following his meeting with the team bosses and Rosberg and sees no reason why can’t continue to have a good working relationship with the German.
“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,” he said on his official website.
“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.
“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.”