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Spain GP: 'No penalties' for Rosberg, Hamilton crash

2016-05-18 07:11

CASE CLOSED: Mercedes says it considers the crash between its drivers at the 2016 Spanish GP as closed. Image: AP / Manu Fernandez

Spain - Sebastian Vettel has cooled down after raging at former team mate Daniel Ricciardo in the 2016 Spanish grand prix.

In a radio rant during the Barcelona race, the German had wondered if Ricciardo's overtaking style was "racing or ping pong".

Still racing for Red Bull following Vettel's departure to Ferrari, Ricciardo hit back on Twitter by posting a photo of comedic actor Will Ferrell with the caption "Love a good game of ping pong".

READ: 2016 Spanish GP - 5 memorable F1 moments

Vettel says he has calmed down.

The Ferrari driver said: "Now I have cooled down, I have to say had I been in his position I also would have tried it (the move). We are both experienced enough to know that if the other plays along we both stay in the race."

Infamous Mercedes crash

Much more attention has been paid by the media to the actual coming-together between warring Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

READ: Spanish GP: Hamilton, Rosberg collide on opening lap

Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart, for instance, thinks Mercedes should give Hamilton a "financial penalty" for letting his emotion spill over by triggering the crash and then hauling his $50 000 (equivalent of R784 000) steering wheel across the gravel.

Toto Wolff boss seems keener to simply defuse the situation.

"At the same moment I broke my headphones, so I can understand him (Hamilton)," Wolff told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper.

David Coulthard agrees that playing the incident down appears the best strategy for Mercedes.

Coulthard told the Telegraph: "Having gone through Spa two years ago when the two collided, Mercedes are better prepared to deal with it.

"They do not seem in the mood for blaming one and giving some sort of punishment."

Niki Lauda, meanwhile, declared that the topic should now be closed, given that Hamilton privately acknowledged the mistake and apologised.

Lauda said: "There is no need for a clear-the-air meeting or any punishment." 

Alain Prost, a quadruple world champion, agrees: "This is only the first time in three years they have taken each other out. We have to be careful we don't overreact."

A photo posted by @nicorosberg on

Still going to race

Wolff insists, at least, that it will not be Mercedes who do any overreacting.

Wolff told Spain's El Mundo: "It is difficult because we have two number ones free to race on the track, the advantage is that we know that both are always giving the maximum.

"I think the results of recent years proves that we are doing a good job. By continuing to let them race it was clear that eventually this could happen. And we will continue to let them race." 


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