Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014

Mercedes takes “disciplinary measures” as Rosberg accepts blame

2014 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Nico Rosberg has apologised for colliding with Lewis Hamilton during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, Mercedes have confirmed.

The team said “suitable disciplinary measures” have been taken, but did not specify what these involved, and said the pair “remain free to race” for the world championship.

A statement released on Friday said: “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.

“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 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 also issued a statement accepting responsibility for the collision.

“In the days since the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what happened during the race and discussing it with the team,” he said.

“I have already expressed my regret about the incident but, after meeting with Toto, Paddy and Lewis today, I wish to go a step further and describe it as an error of judgement on my part.

“The number one rule for us as team-mates is that we must not collide but that is exactly what happened.
For that error of judgement, I apologise to Lewis and the team. I also want to say sorry to the fans who were deprived of our battle for the lead in Belgium.

“Lewis and I have been given clear instructions about how we race each other. As drivers, we have a clear responsibility to the team, the fans of the sport, our partners and Mercedes-Benz to deliver clean racing. We take that responsibility very seriously.

“I look forward to concluding the season with hard, fair competition on and off track right up to the final lap of the season in Abu Dhabi.”

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  1. Just wanted to post this with regards to the stewards & Hamilton since many are going on the past week about how Lewis seems to always be on the end of bad call’s-

    The stewards have actually not treated Lewis any differently. He gets penalty’s for the same things other do yet when Lewis gets the penalty there’s uproar & when its someone else its seen as fair?

    Take Monaco 2011, Lewis hist Massa via a dumb move at the hairpin & gets a penalty & Hamilton fans are outraged about it. Yet Di Resta did the same thing & got the same penalty is an identical incident & the same fans felt it was fair?

    Just proves that Hamilton fans think there golden boy can do no wrong & that any decision that goes against him is unfair. There as bad as there hero.

    1. @RogerA actually the conclusion to the article you linked doesn’t really match the data, notably because of Spa 2008. I’d be more convinced if other drivers records were also examined in detail.

      It’s not just the penalties that Lewis gets himself, it’s also the lack of penalising others who compromise his races blatently eg

      A post race reprimand was given to Webber, and the stewards only gave that because Mark apologised for his error and in doing so exposed their bias/incompetence. It’s not the only example but trawling through them all won’t change things.

      Your Monaco 2011 example is typical of Massa trying to close the door with the horse halfway bolted, much like he did to Magnussen in Austria this year. Contrast with the incident in the same race where Schumi put his car inside Hamilton on the same corner in the same manner, guess what, Lewis accepted it and gave him racing room. Fortunately Massa is now considerably slower than Lewis and they don’t rub wheels so often.

      1. The Spa 2008 penalty was fully justified.

        He cut the corner & clearly gained an advantage by coming off the runoff much closer than he would have done had he gone round the corner behind Kimi. And as I proved with a video yesterday Lewis was fully back on the throttle before Kimi was fully past him which shows he did not fully give the advantage he gained back.

        The video/screenshots I posted yesterday proved this & every other driver on the grid apart from Sutil & Kovalainen agreed with the decision when asked about it by the media at the next race.

        The thing with Massa at Monaco was 100% Lewis fault. Di Resta did the same & got the same penalty so stewards were totally consistent.
        There was no opportunity for lewis to pass there, he threw it up the inside over the kurb & into the side of massa.
        then he put massa in the wall in the tunnel by using kers & going up the inside again round the bend which is something you never do through there as the car on the outside will also end up in the wall due to the dirt & debris that collects.

        If Lewis was so innocent then why dod not other driver disagree with these, Why did the TV pundits which include ex drivers also agree with them? Its because Lewis was to blame & got the penalty he deserves in those incidents.

        1. Sigh! RogerA, Spa 2008, Lewis and Kimi were side-by-side going into the chicane, your ‘proof screenshots’ were way back up the track, you are not only wrong but clearly desperate to prove something…

          As for the commentators etc ageeing, you’ll have to find references for that, oh heck no, on second thoughts don’t bother, most of us have made our mind up about that incident anyway, and I’m thinking they don’t agree with you.

          Massa, well we can discuss that Monaco race til the cows come home, but the big accidents just keep coming for Felipe, and Lewis isn’t part of them is he?

        2. “The Spa 2008 penalty was fully justified. He cut the corner & clearly gained an advantage by coming off the runoff much closer than he would have done had he gone round the corner behind Kimi.”

          Please do inform us all of your opinion of Canada 2014 and Rosbergs cheating, then.

  2. It’ll all explode again in Monza or whenever else they inevitably collide.

  3. Derek Warwick is a lovely guy but he was a disgrace in Monaco. He was quite obviously determined to find Rosberg innocent, protect Keke and avoid a scandal. He even said: “Nico gave me the answers I needed,” as well as making out the interview was a big part of the evidence (like someone would cheat but not lie) and claiming they’d had ‘all the data’ when they didn’t look at tyre loading data which were damning. It was a shameful, timid whitewash, with the blatant prejudgment as @frasier reminds us.

    Now he’s claiming whatever happens next between Rosberg and Hamilton is nothing to do with the stewarding? It’s supposed to be the governing body enforcing the rules Derek, not the teams or the drivers! You’re not brave enough to be a steward.

    This whole situation could have been avoided with proper stewarding. Pirro was no better, spending 10 seconds deciding the definitive ‘causing an accident’ was a racing incident. Where’s Mansell when you need him? Someone with balls.

    1. Since you seem so sure the tyre data will find guilt im sure you have seen it then?

      Stop whining about it already, It was a simple mistake nothing intentional & it just shows how desperate hamilton fans are to make there hero out to be a victim & make it out like the world is out to get him.

      next you will be saying how warwick & nico are racist or something right?

      love how all the armchair experts who have not driven a f1 car & never been round monaco & who have seen none of the data love to claim they know the facts.

      1. “I was told they looked at the standard brake, throttle and steering traces, but not the tyre load data. Had they done, I’m pretty sure they’d have found an inconsistency between what the tyres could take (as seen on previous run) and how much steering input was made. As DC said, he appeared to be sawing at the wheel even when the car was clearly planted to the road. That is very much what it looked like from front-on – with the car simply following his steering inputs. It’s was as if he’d expected that sawing to create a twitch and when it didn’t and he found himself arriving at the turn-in point with the car slowed and stable, he then locked up, ensuring he couldn’t make the turn. It’s the locking up of the wheels at a point where the car is easily slow enough to make the turn that gives it away.”

        “Even inside the team, there are those who will tell you off the record that they suspect that it was indeed deliberate. To not reflect that general feeling – as well as how I personally judged the front-on shot of the incident (which was not shown on tv) in which Rosberg’s car appears to be easily slowed enough to make the turn at the turn-in point – and only then locks its brakes – would do the report a disservice.”

        Mark Hughes, Motor Sport

      2. RogerA, yet again I’ll post this link, read it and then tell me that Rosberg didn’t cheat at Monaco 2014.

  4. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    29th August 2014, 19:58

    Rosberg made the following statement that I’ve picked up on:
    “Lewis and I have been given clear instructions about how we race each other. As drivers, we have a clear responsibility to the team, the fans of the sport, our partners and Mercedes-Benz to deliver clean racing.”

    Could these be the so-called “disciplinary measures”? What kind of instructions could they give about racing each other? If memory serves me right, “clear instructions and agreements” between drivers have resulted in the biggest feuds in F1.

    Clear is not good for the teammate who abides by the rules – it always suits the one that likes to bend the rules.

    1. Does this now mean that Lewis will obey team orders. I doubt it.

  5. I dont unerstand why people have such an idealistic image of F1. This sport unlike any other sport in the world is ONLY about winning, it is everything. In battles like these and in the past, its not about an sportsman, or as a good a race driver or an athlete. Its just about as a man how far are you willing to go, how desperate are you to win. If I was a 5 time champion but booed by everybody I wouldn’t care. I have no issue whether it was deliberate or not because I understand it might be his ONE chance at a world title, 2nd is nowhere in this sport. Wouldn’t blame Hamilton if he did something underhand to win. Think its time some fans of F1 understood that as a sport AND a business all that matters is winning. Nothing else, not how, or why just that you won.

    1. @Tayyib Abu This is a confused view IMO. If it’s not a sporting achievement it doesn’t represent an achievement. The essence of cheating is claiming excellence – that you don’t have.

      People are always saying things like this, ‘winning is everything’, but it’s not true. Being seen to be the best is everything. This is why Schumi’s bad moments so diminished him. Same with Nico, the way he’s going. Why do you think he got booed?

      Obviously it’s up to the governance to make sure that winning represents excellence not mere desire, and it’s frustrating for fans when they wimp out of that and are even deceitful themselves.

      1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
        31st August 2014, 16:00

        A huge +1

        How you win is sometimes a lot more important than winning in my book. If Lewis wins this WDC against all odds, it’ll be truly be one of the biggest achievements in F1

        It will probably be another movie about a driver overcoming all odds to win the WDC against his own teammate (I can already see Will Smith and DiCaprio in it).

  6. Am really curious how much did Merc fined Rosberg. Guess it’s means nothing to Rosberg as he’s more than just a millionaire. And he’s leading by 29 points.

    1. Have they fined him?

      1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
        31st August 2014, 15:48

        Well, if they are racing fair and square and there are supposedlyno favorites, the only disciplinary measure they could have imposed is a financial penalty unless Nico had to write on a blackboard 100 times “I won’t hit Lewis again”:-)

  7. So, what are these disciplinary measures? BBC say ‘Mercedes punish Rosberg’ but what’s the punishment? A slap on the wrist isn’t a punishment. “Don’t do it again you naughty, naughty boy!”

  8. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    31st August 2014, 15:45

    I read this comment on another site and I thought I would share it as it’s really funny.

    With 29pts and forseeable failures in one of our cars during the last 7 races, we at Mercedes are committed to straight and fair racing and may the best “german” man win.


    Toto & Co

  9. “I have already expressed my regret about the incident but, after meeting with Toto, Paddy and Lewis today, I wish to go a step further and describe it as an error of judgement on my part.
    Surely an error of judgement that leads to a collision was avoidable? No penalty absolutely bemused

    1. Accidents are caused, albeit by a mistake(s) and are deemed ‘racing incidents’.
      For these, blame can arguably be proportioned 50/50 spread evenly between both drivers.

      In regards to Lewis and Nico’s collision (not taking into account Nico’s apology) this was not a 50/50 incident and Nico’s was the culpable driver.
      Granted it was a mistake and being that it was NOT a 50/50 incident, shouldn’t Nico have been penalised during the race?
      If not, when is a collision deemed not a racing incident.
      Does anybody know the answer to this question?

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