Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff believes it is not possible to fully blame either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg for their crash at the beginning of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton and Rosberg crashed out at Turn 4 on the opening lap in Barcelona, ending Mercedes’ 100% record in 2016 and stoking the fire of their tenuous intra-team relationship.
Replays showed Rosberg trying to defend his inside line from Hamilton as the Briton attempted an overtake, only to lose control when he moved onto the grass.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, viewers of the race were split on who to blame, although Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda pointed the finger at Hamilton.
However, after speaking with both Rosberg and Hamilton, Wolff said that both drivers were apologetic and that it was impossible to apportion 100% of the blame to either one of them.
“Of course they are both upset for themselves and the team,” Wolff told NBCSN.
“They were both apologetic to the team. We lost a potential one-two, lost 43 points. It was just thrown away.
When asked if either was fully to blame, Wolff said: “No. It was a very difficult situation and difficult to analyze. There was not a clear cut thing.
“Coming out of the corner, Nico closed up the door, and then Lewis went on the grass. Definitely not 100% for one and zero for the other.”