user icon

Wolff: "Mercedes considers unleashing driver rivalry"

  • Published on 30 Dec 2015 08:07
  • comments 2
  • By: Danny Sosef

Mercedes is considering unleashing the rivalry between teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, in a bid to spice up formula one. For the past two years amid the German marque's utter dominance, the silver-clad drivers have duelled for the title effectively alone.

But boss Toto Wolff warned before Christmas that he would have to consider changing the lineup if the bitterness of the rivalry ever spilled into team spirit.

However, he has now told the Mail on Sunday: "Our dominance is bad for formula one. It makes the racing boring.

"The moment you become a dominant force, you suffer and your brand suffers. You become the dark side of the force," said Wolff.

"So I want the dominance to continue but if it were to continue like this, I need to think what to do so we do not become the enemy and how we can help the show.

"Maybe it's about unleashing the two of them (Hamilton and Rosberg) completely. That would be a solution."

An example, he admitted, would be to let each side of the garage control its own race strategy, which would be a vast shift from the approach of 2014 and 2015.

Nonetheless, Wolff insisted that it will still be important that the tough battles between Hamilton and Rosberg remain focused on the track.

"I don't want fighting in the team," he said. "I'd like the boxers to fight but not the trainers and the physios and everybody around the ring. I'd like the boxers to behave like boxers who fight very hard but after the fight has finished, you can be a sportsman and embrace your enemy. But the dilemma is there. It is easy when it is theory," said Wolff.

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • Pompey

    Posts: 84

    It looks good on paper but still an overall team decision will be made. Until they untie the ropes that bind the drivers hands behind their backs and let them make the call I'm afraid the 'race' will still be decided on the pit wall.

    • + 0
    • Dec 30 2015 - 20:53
  • As long as they wont interfer too much, i dont complain. I just hope next year will be a lot closer.

    • + 0
    • Dec 31 2015 - 12:18

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

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 2,636
  • Podiums 200
  • Grand Prix 254
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (36)
  • Place of b. Tewin, United Kingdom
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 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