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Hamilton VS Rosberg - Toto Wolff’s Reaction To Recent F1 Events
posted on Sep 09 2014 by Kiri Nowak
Spa Belgian Grand Prix Incident
The rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg is continuing to heat up following an eventful race on Sunday. Things really started to kick off a few weeks ago at the Spa Belgian Grand Prix when the two collided on the second lap. Rosberg hit Hamilton’s left-rear tyre with his front wing.
Hamilton had to drop right to the back of the field after starting in pole position. He carried on and tried to catch the rest of the field but wasn’t having much luck. He said he did not give up but requested to retire from the race to save his engine. His request was initially denied by Mercedes, but was later allowed to retire.
This was an extremely infuriating situation for Hamilton who fortunately had time to compose himself before facing the media. He initially assumed Rosberg would simply get a slap on the wrist for the incident.
Not getting any points in this race severely damaged Hamilton’s title hopes for the 2014 season. Essentially, even though he faced much media scrutiny and even boos on the podium, Rosberg came out on top.
So what did Toto Wolff, Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team have to say about the situation? ‘We have made it very clear this is an unacceptable scenario for us, for both of them. We don't want this to happen ever again.’
He also commented ‘If we are not able to manage the two of them following the Mercedes-Benz racing spirit, then we need to admit that and take decisions and take consequences of having a different line-up probably.’
These comments seemed quite dramatic and might have got a few people worried so he later reassured people saying ‘We would love to continue with Lewis and we want to continue with Nico. They know what our expectations are and I have no doubt that we won’t see such a Spa incident in the future. We have made it clear that it is an unacceptable scenario.’
Although we know words were exchanged between the drivers and Mercedes bosses it is difficult to guess what the outcome was. Following the incident Mercedes suggested Rosberg was at fault and he did release an official apology. Mercedes said that ‘suitable disciplinary measures have been taken for the incident.’ However, the extent of the punishment they gave Rosberg was unfortunately not revealed.
This is Hamilton and Rosberg’s second season as team-mates but what makes things so interesting this year is they are both competing for the championship. After a few teething problems and specific instructions to both drivers from Mercedes, they are now being encouraged to race against each other freely. Viewers were treated to an exciting battle between the drivers during Sunday’s Grand Prix.
Italian Grand Prix
At this Sunday’s Italian Grand prix Hamilton started off in pole position with Rosberg in second. Hamilton had a pretty awful start, dropping back from first to fifth. However, thanks to a mistake by Rosberg and some fantastic driving he soon caught up.
The chase was on and Rosberg was under some serious pressure. With his team mate and arch rival on his tail he made a very silly mistake. Just like earlier in the race on the 9th lap, Rosberg went straight on at turn one, giving Lewis the chance to pass him and go on to win the race.
Straight after this incident the camera pans to Toto Wolff who appears to be smiling and a storm erupts on social media. People immediately assume the race was set up and that this might be a deliberate move by Mercedes to punish Rosberg.
However Wolff set the record straight by claiming ‘Only a paranoid mind could come up with such an idea. You mean whether we told him to miss the braking, go through the chicane and let Lewis past? No. This is for the drivers' world championship. He was under pressure and that was why it happened. We told the drivers not to flat spot the tyres, because they would need to pit. So maybe that’s why [Nico] didn’t try to brake too hard.’
He explained he feels like Big Brother is watching him after there was such a dramatic response to him smiling after Hamilton overtook. His response to this was ‘Here we go again, in a close battle. That was the smile.’
Toto has certainly been giving some interesting and entertaining responses to recent F1 events. It seems likely that things are only going to get more tense and exciting between the drivers. Watch this space for more of his fascinating reactions.