No clear-the-air talks between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes not aportioning blame, but Sir Jackie Stewart calls for Hamilton to be disciplined
By William Esler
Last Updated: 19/05/16 11:05am
Mercedes will not hold clear-the-air talks between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton despite the warring team-mates' latest coming together in Barcelona.
The two Silver Arrows clashed on the opening lap at the Spanish GP as they fought for the lead on the run to Turn Four.
Rosberg, who was in the lead at the time, was asked on Sunday night if talks were needed and responded: "That is something I need to think about in the days to come".
It looks unlikely any talks will happen, though, after Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda declared "the matter is over".
"There is nothing left for me to do," he is quoted by the Daily Mail. "We do not need clear-the-air talks. We just hope for no mistakes in the future."
The Times report that Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has ruled out talks between the drivers.
However, not all believe the incident should be consigned to the past.
Sir Jackie Stewart believes that Lewis Hamilton was to blame for the crash and should be disciplined.
"It was all emotion. Desperation. Hamilton is to blame. Rosberg is allowed to protect himself," said Stewart told the Daily Mail and The Guardian.
"It is difficult for them to leave Lewis out for a race when they need to win the world championship, but there does need to be discipline.
"I don't think Rosberg did anything wrong. I would certainly have penalised the driver who made that mistake on the first lap. It would have to be financial. But at the moment Lewis is making so much money that it might not be a big penalty to him."
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