Mercedes will be firm with drivers after clash

Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:27am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Mercedes will take a firm line with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to make sure their clash at the U.S. Grand Prix has no repercussions for the team, says motorsports director Toto Wolff.

The race saw the two bang wheels at the first corner on Sunday, with Rosberg pushed down to fourth as Hamilton seized the lead.

The German later retook the lead but a late error gifted Hamilton victory and his third Formula One world championship.

When Hamilton tossed Rosberg a cap for the podium before the ceremonies, his team mate petulantly threw it back.

Wolff said Mercedes were mindful of last year's flashpoints between the drivers and particularly the Belgian Grand Prix where they also collided.

"It is a crucial moment now to make sure today’s race and this incident don’t release consequences within the team and splitting the two sides of the garage," he told reporters.

"If we don't take any action it has the potential (to be like Spa)."

Wolff said Mercedes would celebrate their success and allow a couple of days for emotions to cool. They would then discuss what happened.   Continued...

Formula One - F1 - United States Grand Prix 2015 - Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States of America - 25/10/15
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg
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