Mercedes disciplines Rosberg over crash

(AP Photo/ Ben Stansall , Pool)

(AP) -- Nico Rosberg was disciplined by Mercedes on Friday after accepting responsibility for a collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix that deepened the rift between the two rivals for the drivers' title.

The tension between the Mercedes pair ratcheted up Sunday when Hamilton claimed Rosberg had admitted to deliberately driving into him on the second lap of the race at Spa. The crash effectively ended Hamilton's hopes of victory - he sustained a puncture to his tire and had to later retire - and Rosberg placed second to increase his championship lead over Hamilton to 29 points.

The two drivers attended a meeting at the team's headquarters in Brackley, England, on Friday along with executive director Toto Wolff and technical chief Paddy Lowe, where Mercedes said Rosberg "acknowledged his responsibility for the contact" and "apologized for this error of judgement."

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 N.Rosberg 220 4
2 L.Hamilton 191 5
3 D.Ricciardo 156 3
4 F.Alonso 121 0
5 V.Bottas 110 0
6 S.Vettel 98 0
7 N.Hulkenberg 70 0
8 J.Button 68 0
9 F.Massa 40 0
10 K.Raikkonen 39 0
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