Nico Rosberg has been disciplined by Mercedes after he "acknowledged his responsibility for the contact" with Lewis Hamilton in Spa, but the drivers remain free to race.

Both Rosberg and Hamilton were present in a meeting with team bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe at Mercedes' F1 team headquarters in Brackley on Friday to discuss the fallout from the Belgian Grand Prix.

"During this meeting, Nico acknowledged his responsibility for the contact that occurred on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix and apologised for this error of judgement," A Mercedes statement read.

"Suitable disciplinary measures have been taken for the incident."

Hamilton had claimed that Rosberg admitted to not avoiding contact between the two during a post-race team meeting, although Rosberg later disputed Hamilton's comments.

However, following the meeting, Mercedes has said the two drivers remain free to race until the end of the season providing no further collisions occur.

"Mercedes-Benz remains committed to hard, fair racing because this is the right way to win world championships. It is good for the team, for the fans and for Formula One.

"Lewis and Nico understand and accept the team's number one rule: there must be no contact between the team's cars on track. It has been made clear that another such incident will not be tolerated. But Nico and Lewis are our drivers and we believe in them.

"They remain free to race for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship."


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