Toto Wolff does not count on team orders to be an issue in championship battle
By: Adam Cooper on April 6, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battled in Bahrain on Sunday, and group boss Toto Wolff expects much more of the same this season.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that Formula A single points leader Nico Rosberg and nearest contender and teammate Lewis Hamilton will be allowed to race every single other during the season.
Wolff acknowledged that it is essential to have 2 drivers who could be trusted by the group to carry home the cars in one particular piece and score as a lot of points as possible for the Constructors’; Championship.
“You want to have the drivers who recognize where the staff came from, and that it truly is critical not to risk the image of this kind of a brand,” Wolff explained. “We’;re representing a huge brand, so you need to know what you do. And they did it in a amazing and spectacular way. I’;m pleased.”
He confirmed that the predicament would stay unchanged.
“Yes, until we lose some front wings,” Wolff stated. “Then we sit down once again and talk about if this was [the right] method. They are racing drivers, it is academic… Let’;s leave it there.”
Asked if he has any doubts about enabling them to race, in Bahrain he said, “Turn 3 after the commence of the race I had doubts. I was like, ‘No please, not for one and a half hrs now.’; And then at the end when we had the restart we discussed that we trusted the drivers. We knew that they wouldn’;t danger their very own vehicle and the one particular of the other driver. Nico is nonetheless in the championship lead, it is about collecting solid factors.”
“You know what we mentioned was specifically the identical sentence to both of them, just reminding them in a second ahead of the heat would start off just to say will not fail to remember what we talked about. This was not at all a strategic get in touch with, it was just a gentle reminder of where we came from.”
With regards to the selection to place Rosberg on primes in the middle stint in Bahrain, he said, “We knew that the 2nd auto only had a chance to win if you offset him with the method. The 2 vehicles have been on a approach to win the race.”
Wolff stated that the group believed Rosberg would be able to pass Hamilton in the closing stint.
“That was the concept, but Lewis had an wonderful initial couple of laps on the prime,” Wolff mentioned. “We noticed it in a previous stint one particular of the Force Indias proved to be actually rapid on the prime.”
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