Rosberg: I apologise to Lewis and the team

Nico Rosberg apologised for his error of judgement at Spa

Nico Rosberg apologised for his error of judgement at Spa

Nico Rosberg has emerged from a crisis meeting with senior Mercedes F1 team management and Lewis Hamilton apologising to them while admitting that he made an error of judgement in his attempt to overtake his teammate on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix and has agreed to the rules of engagement as set out by the Silver Arrows bosses.

In a statement released shortly after the meeting, Rosberg said: “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.”

“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 was an error of judgement on my part.”

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton free to race for the title

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton free to race for the title

“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.

“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. Lewis and I have been given clear instructions about how we race each other”

“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,” concluded Rosberg. (GP247)