Mercedes drivers on final warning, says Wolff

Thu Jul 7, 2016 2:35pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are on a final warning and any further collisions between the two could hit the title chances of whoever is at fault, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said on Thursday.

Mercedes said earlier that the 'Rules of Engagement' had been tightened after their collision in Austria last Sunday, without giving details.

Wolff, speaking to reporters at the British Grand Prix, indicated that the potential sanctions were sufficiently draconian to make both think twice if not three times.

"This is the final warning. Consider it like this," said the Austrian.

"We are speaking about possible sporting and financial consequences but I would not like to go into details," added Wolff.

Rosberg is currently leading the championship after nine of 21 races, 11 points clear of triple champion Hamilton.

Financial sanctions for drivers paid tens of millions of dollars would have to be substantial to have any impact.

But Wolff indicated, by referencing soccer clubs that sidelined top players in disciplinary cases, that he would be prepared to impose a race suspension even if that affected the team.   Continued...

Formula One - Canadian Grand Prix- Qualifying Session - Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 11/6/16 - Mercedes F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) and Nico Rosberg of Germany are seen. REUTERS/Chris Wattie