Monday, 15 December 2014

Mercedes banned drivers from communicating with each other following Belgian Grand Prix racing incident

(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)

It has been revealed that 2014 Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team-mate Nico Rosberg were banned from speaking to each other following the racing incident at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff has confirmed that the team felt that their drivers had ‘overstepped the mark’ following the situation at the Belgian Grand Prix. Following the clash, the pair were ordered to attend a meeting at the team’s Brackley HQ to discuss the situation and to find a way forward from the matter.

Wolff revealed that the team were so angry with the pair that they stated that the situation SHOULD NEVER happen again.

The Austrian also confirmed that the team had parts on the car in Belgium that were to go to Monza and were subsequently set to be run again in Singapore. 

He continued that the team had worked extremely hard overnight at the factory and sacrificed family time in order to get the parts on both cars and that it unacceptable that Hamilton and Rosberg had thrown it all away on the second lap.

Wolff felt that the message to the pair helped to strengthen the team and resulted in Lewis Hamilton securing six victories in the final seven Grand Prix. The 2008 world champion went on to claim his second world championship.

Hamilton revealed recently that his and Rosberg's relationship is now back to the way it used to be. They are now looking forward to renewing their rivalry for the 2015 Formula One season.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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