Mercedes dying out to review their policy of permitting their drivers to race each other freely after F1 title leader Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Latest many reports hint that, Rosberg could face punishment from Formula 1 bosses following Hamilton said the German admitted to deliberately colliding with him.
Causing a collision is an offence under F1’s sporting regulations. Had the information come to light before the result was finalised, the stewards would have investigated.
Nevertheless, motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA, has the power to re-open a case if further evidence comes to light.
Mercedes have already conceded that Hamilton’s remarks were a “broadly accurate” reflection of the post-race meeting.
Hamilton told reporters that the German, whose car’s front wing clipped Hamilton’s rear tyre in a failed effort to overtake, had done it on purpose.
“We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose,” repeated the Briton.
“He said he could have avoided it. He said ‘I did it to prove a point’.”
“He basically said ‘I did it to prove a point’. And you don’t have to just rely on me, go and ask (Mercedes team bosses) Toto (Wolff) and Paddy (Lowe) who are not happy with him as well,” said Hamilton.
“I was gobsmacked when I was listening to the meeting. You need to ask him what point he was trying to make.”
Rosberg separately told reporters that the collision was a racing incident.
“We had a discussion, as is important after such circumstances, because obviously what happened cost the team a lot of points,” he said.
“That is the main focus and the biggest issue with such a happening as today.”
“Unfortunately, I’m not going to go into any details, that wouldn’t be the right thing to do. We need to review and discuss how we move forward.”
The win was Ricciardo’s third win in six races in his first season with Red Bull who won their 50th race.
Rosberg has extended his lead over Hamilton in the standings with seven races left to go in the Formula 1 calendar.