user icon

Mercedes, not drivers to decide strategy - Wolff

  • Published on 16 Nov 2015 10:02
  • comments 1
  • By: Rob Veenstra

Toto Wolff says Mercedes will continue to make the call on race strategy, following the complaints of world champion driver Lewis Hamilton. In Brazil, teammate Nico Rosberg won his second consecutive race from pole, as the German declared he is back in top form after losing the drivers' title to Hamilton. "Lewis put in a good challenge but I was able to control it and never give him a chance," he said.

However, Briton Hamilton argues that the reason he didn't have a chance is because it is impossible to overtake at Interlagos, even though rookie sensation Max Verstappen was hailed for his feisty passing moves. "I had the pace," Hamilton insists, "it's just you can't overtake around here."

He was heard on the radio pleading with Mercedes to put him on a different strategy to Rosberg, who with his victory on Sunday cemented second place in the drivers' world championship ahead of Sebastian Vettel. "I was like 'If there are any other strategies, let's do it, let's take a risk, let's do whatever' and they (Mercedes) are like 'Look after the tyres' and I'm like "no, I'm racing'. I think that's what people want to see," Hamilton added, "but it was relatively boring following in a tow."

Team boss Toto Wolff, however, insists that it will be Mercedes who continues to call the shots when it comes to strategy. "We have our strategists," he said, "and if the drivers in the car start to make their own (decisions) they would lose every single race."

Rosberg also backs Mercedes' policy of enforcing the strategies, arguing that allowing Hamilton to dictate the decisions would not be fair. "In advance you can only go by what the computer tells you," he said. "It wouldn't really be fair for the guy who is running second to go for the other strategy and then for it to turn out that it was massively quicker. It should be just me against Lewis and that's it and no luck involved," said Rosberg. (GMM)

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • f1dave

    Posts: 782

    Here's whats wrong with F1 "It wouldn't really be fair for the guy who is running second to go for the other strategy and then for it to turn out that it was massively quicker" "In advance you can only go by what the computer tells you,"
    As long as these kinds of attitudes prevail it is a formula of technicians and computer operators instead of drivers. The total dependency on telemetry is not good for the sport.

    • + 0
    • Nov 16 2015 - 15:43

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Country Netherlands
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (24)
  • Place of b. Hasselt (Belgie), Netherlands
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
8 - Oct 10
Japan
8 - Oct 10
Turkey
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
5 - Nov 7
Mexico
12 - Nov 14
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Qatar
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
8 - Oct 10
8 - Oct 10
Turkey Istanbul Park
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
5 - Nov 7
12 - Nov 14
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar