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Mercedes allow duelling pair to keep on racing

Mercedes have decided to allow feuding team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to continue to race this season following clear-the-air talks yesterday.

The Brackley-based marque conceded to taking "suitable disciplinary measures" against Rosberg after he "acknowledged his responsibility" for the collision with Hamilton in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes, however, have refused to expand on the exact nature of the sanctions imposed on Rosberg, be it financial or whether he will be forced to yield at some point in a forthcoming race.

For now, at least, a line appears to have been drawn in the sand and the two drivers can continue to go head to head in their battle for this year's Formula One title, providing they keep it clean.

Hamilton, who revealed after a heated post-race meeting the German had declared to driving into the Briton "on purpose...to prove a point", believes the team are owed an honest fight between them. That was far from the case at Spa when Rosberg wrecked Hamilton's race by causing a puncture to the rear-left tyre of his team-mate's car by clipping it with his front wing.

Hamilton acknowledged other incidents that have taken place this season perhaps led to the campaign coming to a head in Spa.

"Nico and I accept we have both made mistakes and I feel it would be wrong to point fingers and say which one is worse than the other," said Hamilton. "There is a deep foundation that still exists for me and Nico to work from, in spite of our difficult times and differences."

Upon hearing what Hamilton had said regarding the meeting on Sunday, Rosberg took to his video blog to say his version of events were "very different".

But following a further meeting at the team's base in Brackley involving the two drivers, motorsport boss Toto Wolff and executive technical director Paddy Lowe, Rosberg has been forced to come clean.

Rosberg has now apologised for the first time as he said: "I have already expressed my regret about the incident but, after meeting with Toto, Paddy and Lewis today, I wish to go a step further and describe it as an error of judgement on my part."