Merc drivers could face team-imposed race ban
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