The team conceded to taking “suitable disciplinary measures” against Rosberg after he “acknowledged his responsibility” for the collision with Hamilton in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Mercedes, however, have refused to expand on the exact nature of the sanctions imposed on Rosberg, be it financial or whether he will be forced to yield at some point in a forthcoming race.
For now, at least, a line has been drawn in the sand and the two drivers can continue to go head to head in their battle for the Formula One title, providing they keep it clean. Hamilton believes the team are owed an honest fight between them.
That was far from the case at Spa when Rosberg wrecked Hamilton’s race by causing a puncture to the rear-left tyre of his team-mate’s car by clipping it with his front wing. Hamilton acknowledged other incidents that have taken place this season perhaps led to the campaign coming to a head in Spa. “Nico and I accept we have both made mistakes and I feel it would be wrong to point fingers and say which one is worse than the other,” said Hamilton.
“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.
Upon hearing what Hamilton had said regarding the meeting tomorrow, Rosberg took to his video blog to say his version of events were “very different”. But, following a further meeting at the team’s base in Brackley involving the two drivers, motorsport boss Toto Wolff and executive technical director Paddy Lowe, Rosberg has been forced to come clean.
Rosberg has now apologised for the first time as he 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, 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."