Barcelona: Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg of Germany and Lewis Hamilton of Britain are out of the Spanish Grand Prix after crashing into each other on the first lap of the race on Sunday.

Hamilton, the three times world champion had started on pole position at the Circuit de Catalunya but was overtook by Rosberg.

Hamilton’s car skewed sideways and smashed into Rosberg’s, with both drivers ending up in the gravel.

The early crash prompted the safety car to be deployed and forced both drivers to retire. Hamilton is yet to win a race in a season in which he has been plagued by mechanical issues while Rosberg’s hopes of an eighth win in a row disappeared.