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F1: Hamilton: We both made mistakes

Lewis Hamilton says he and Nico Rosberg "accept that we have both made mistakes" and vows to try and deliver a clean championship fight
Lewis Hamilton says he and Nico Rosberg "accept that we have both made mistakes" and vows to try and deliver a clean championship fight.

Following a meeting consisting of Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe, Hamilton and Rosberg, the championship leader was disciplined for the collision between the two drivers in the Belgian Grand Prix. With Rosberg also apologising for the incident, Hamilton issued his own statement saying neither driver has been blameless this season and both will try to race "in a fair and respectful manner" for the title.

"Today we came together as a team and discussed our differences," Hamilton said. "Nico and I accept that we have both made mistakes and I feel it would be wrong to point fingers and say which one is worse than the other. What's important is how we rise as a team from these situations. We win and we lose together and, as a team, we will emerge stronger.

"There is a deep foundation that still exists for me and Nico to work from, in spite of our difficult times and differences. We have the greatest team, the strongest group of individuals who have worked their hands to the bone to give us the best car you see us racing today. It's important that we never forget that and give them the results they deserve. Today, Toto and Paddy told us clearly how we must race against each other from now on in a fair and respectful manner.

"The fans want to see a clean fight until the end of the season and that's what we want to give them. It's going to be a tough road from here but Championships have been won from much further back than I am now. And I promise you that I will be giving everything and more to win this for my team, for my family and for my fans."


Tagged as: Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes

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cartfan88

August 29, 2014 3:14 PM

Mercedes managed this poorly at the outset. When Lewis wasn't leaving Nico any racing room early in the season it was hailed as great racing. It fact it only did not result in a crash because Nico backed off. Repeatedly. After getting bullied on track and Merc not doing anything Nico took the matter into his own hands and this is where we ended up. Nico is the kid who got bullied. No one listened, took matters into his own hands and ended up with the brunt of the blame. Thanks for setting a great example Mercedes.

Fullofit

August 29, 2014 5:58 PM

For a factory team, getting a driver is a bit like getting a dog for the family. Ideally you want to go for one with a bit of pedigree. You hope it's obedient, friendly with guests, good-natured ... but also with a bit of fight if it ever feels the family is threatened. You don't want one that's loud or whiny, or that snaps at the fingers of family members, doesn't listen, and pees all over the house marking its territory, tears up cushions, or tweets data to the whole world.



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