The frontal battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the 2014 season was not an ideal situation, according to Mercedes team director Toto Wolff. The two of them grabbed each other by the hair in Belgium, among other things, and something the Austrian no longer allowed.
The friction between the two drivers does not bring the best among the drivers, according to Wolff, on the contrary. “It creates negativity. You’re still teammates. If the race briefing is full of negativity because the two drivers have problems with each other, it also affects the rest of the energy in the room,” the team said. Mercedes team boss u High performance podcast. “And it’s something I would never allow again.”
According to Wolff, this has been the case before. “But I couldn’t change that,” he says. “Because the drivers were hired before I joined the team.” In the Mercedes itself, no one knew why Hamilton and Rosberg sometimes got into fights, according to Wolff. “There was a lot of historical context that none of us knew and never will know.”
In the future, Wolff would have acted differently in any case, if there had ever been two quarreling teammates again. “We accept the irritation and pain of one of them when something fails, but we try to keep the positive dynamics in the team. If that doesn’t work anymore, it’s okay, but then we change the team line – up.”