Merc driv­ers could face team-im­posed race ban

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

In the af­ter­math of Aus­tria, Toto Wolff warns Nico Ros­berg and Lewis Hamil­ton that any fur­ther on-track col­li­sions will be met with se­vere penal­ties

Mercedes driv­ers Lewis Hamil­ton and Nico Ros­berg face heavy fines or even race bans if they crash again this sea­son.

Team boss Toto Wolff has told the driv­ers he is not pre­pared to ac­cept them col­lid­ing on track again (see race report, p88), af­ter a cer­tain onetwo turned into a one-four when they hit each other on the final lap of the Aus­trian Grand Prix.

Ros­berg was held re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent by race stew­ards, who said he had not given Hamil­ton ‘rac­ing room’ when he failed to turn in to Turn 2 and held Hamil­ton out wide. Ros­berg’s car was dam­aged when Hamil­ton fi­nally at­tempted to make the cor­ner and Ros­berg dropped down to fourth place while his team-mate went on to win the race.

Wolff has said he does not want to spend any more time de­bat­ing who was to blame in the var­i­ous in­ci­dents they have had. Now that the two have col­lided three times in five races, he sim­ply wants to put a stop to it.

In ad­di­tion to Aus­tria, the in­ci­dents in ques­tion were their high-speed col­li­sion on the first lap of the Span­ish Grand Prix, where Ros­berg de­fended against an at­tack from

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