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GP Week : Issue 208
MANAGING EDITOR: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Phil Branagan Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Mike Doodson Kate Walker Sean Kelly MotoGP: Michael Scott Phil Branagan Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Luca Martini PUBlIShER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBlIShED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Mark Sutton email@example.com n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) WOlff ThREATENs "CONsEquENCEs" Mercedes will consider a range of actions after a lap 2 clash between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton threw away a probable victory in Belgium. Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Toto Wolff has talked tough after the race and told the media that there would be consequences for the collision, which he clearly blamed on the German driver. “Today we’ve seen the limits of the slap on the wrist,” he said. “Maybe the slap on the wrist is not enough. “If Lewis has said that it’s going to be a slap on the wrist, and that there’s going to be no consequence, then he’s not aware of what consequences we can implement.” Asked what the team could actually do to rectify the situation, Wolff said: “A lot. But I’m not going to comment on this right now.” While Wolff refuted any suggestion that Rosberg caused the collision on purpose (“That is nonsense”) his comments come in the light of a sport where even the drivers do not expect teams to punish them for disobeying team orders. For his part, Hamilton sounded post-race like he was not expecting anything substantial to come out of the matter. “It reminds me of when I was at school,” he said, “the teachers will say something but they won’t do anything. The stewards didn’t do anything and I am now 30 points behind so I am just going to have push like hell.” Previous clashes between the two have gone unpunished, and other drivers, such as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, have been at war on the racetrack only for the teams to attempt to smooth over cracks in team discipline with verbal rebukes – or even smarmy PR images – rather than actual action. On this occasion though, the Mercedes team management could be under intense pressure to act firmly. Following the Hungarian GP, Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche insisted that there would be no team orders unless the team found itself in “an emergency situation”. W ith the man who has backed his team to the hilt to build a technical advantage over the opposition – only to see its dominance threatened by his drivers warring on the tracks – that emergency appears to have arrived... ABOVe Post-Qualifying Lewis wasn't happy – it got worse ... 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: