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Wolff: No person foresaw hostility between F1 rivals Hamilton and Rosberg

After being teammates in karting, Hamilton and Rosberg raced at Mercedes between 2013 and 2016, going head-to-head for the F1 world championship of their last three years collectively.

The title battles featured various tense moments between the 2 drivers, together with on-track collisions on the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix and the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Upon beating Hamilton to the world title in 2016, Rosberg introduced his rapid retirement from F1, prompting Mercedes to signal Valtteri Bottas as his substitute.

Talking concerning the competitors between Hamilton and Rosberg on Jake Humphrey’s Excessive Efficiency Podcast, Mercedes staff boss Wolff dismissed the concept that the friction helped carry out the most effective within the drivers.

“I am unsure it will get the most effective out of each, as a result of that’s negativity, and you continue to should be a staff participant,” Wolff stated.

“If the debriefing room is stuffed with negativity, as a result of the 2 drivers are hostile with one another, then that may spill over into the vitality into the room, and that isn’t one thing I’ll ever enable once more.”

Wolff defined how he was unable to resolve the friction between Hamilton and Rosberg, saying there was “historic context” Mercedes was unaware of, and that he could by no means absolutely perceive.

“I could not change it, as a result of the drivers had been employed earlier than I got here,” Wolff stated.

“No person truly thought what’s the dynamic between the 2? What’s the previous between the 2? There was a variety of historic context that none of us knew, and can by no means know.

Wolff: No person foresaw hostility between F1 rivals Hamilton and Rosberg - Motor Informed

 

“That is why it’s one thing that we’re taking a look at, how do the drivers work with one another, what occurs within the case of failure of 1 and the opposite.

“We settle for the annoyance and ache if it goes in opposition to one, however we’re attempting nonetheless to maintain the optimistic dynamic within the staff.”

After some early-season pressure in 2014, Hamilton and Rosberg first got here to blows on-track at Spa when Rosberg refused to again out of an early on-track battle. He later informed the staff it was in response to Hamilton ignoring staff orders on the earlier race in Hungary.

Wolff labored to however create an atmosphere wherein each drivers recognised that nothing was extra essential that the staff end result, and the significance of representing the Mercedes model.

“It was very troublesome, as a result of I got here into the staff as a newcomer in System 1, and Nico and Lewis had been within the sport for for much longer,” Wolff stated.

“However nonetheless I used to be capable of create an atmosphere the place they needed to respect the staff, generally with an iron fist, they usually understood that they could not allow us to down, they could not let Mercedes down.

“Within the occasions of 2014, I felt there was some egocentric behaviour. I stated the subsequent time you come near the opposite automotive, your teammate, you concentrate on the Mercedes model. You consider single people within the staff. You consider Dieter Zetsche, the CEO of Mercedes. That is going to alter the way in which you act. You are not going to place your teammate into the wall.

“I at all times made clear that if this was going to occur repeatedly and there was a sample, I’ve no concern in making any individual miss races.”

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