Mercedes will let Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg race freely in Formula 1, although ‘greater deterrents’ have been introduced in team’s ‘Rules of Engagement’ to prevent further contacts between the drivers.
Following a second crash in five races, Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe held a meeting with their drivers at Brackley to discuss the future course of action.
It was decided that the drivers will remain free to race ‘for the essence of the sport’, although they must conform with some unspecified rules as to how they go about racing.
However, should drivers do not follow the new rules, Mercedes will be forced to issue team orders as a last resort.
The statement also added that the team may issue ‘instructions’ to let a driver ahead, as they did at the Monaco Grand Prix, to protect against a potential loss of championship points.
by Rachit Thukral