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Wolff confirms Force India team order

  • Published on 31 May 2018 11:26
  • comments 11
  • By: Jeroen Jonkers

Toto Wolff has admitted he asked for Esteban Ocon to let Lewis Hamilton past in Monaco.

Wolff is the team boss at Mercedes, and Ocon is a Mercedes junior driver.

The Frenchman currently drives for Mercedes-powered Force India, and after Monaco he seemed to hint that 'team orders' were in play when Hamilton sped past during the race.

"I'm a Mercedes driver," Ocon said. "You should ask the boss."

Wolff was asked by a reporter for La Derniere Heure if he gave the order for Ocon to let Hamilton through, and responded: "Yes."

Asked why, the Austrian added: "It is how it is."

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  • Freguz

    Posts: 160

    How an already exciting race gets even more exciting

    • + 2
    • May 31 2018 - 11:29
  • Bhurt

    Posts: 320

    So overtaking IS possible in Monaco after all.

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    • May 31 2018 - 14:39
  • Confirmed: Ocon not a "racing driver" anymore.

    Now one has to ask about Stroll's "accelerating problem" out of the last corner in Baku 2017. It looked very suspicious, maybe Williams got a call from Toto too?

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    • May 31 2018 - 16:30
  • This is clearly anti competitive. You could put other team's drivers on a payroll and ask them to give the way.

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    • May 31 2018 - 16:41
    • Agreed. But it's nothing we haven't seen Red Bull do with Toro Rosso, or Ferrari with other customer teams. "It is how it is" indeed.

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      • May 31 2018 - 18:54
  • xoya

    Posts: 583

    This is starting to look like a really bad episode of "Game of thrones".
    - The one where a circus rolled into the town
    - And the town being Monte Carlo
    - Circus is pretty self explanatory

    • + 0
    • May 31 2018 - 17:44
    • Except we dont get to have the fun or interesting kinda politics GoT have, nor do we have a charismatic Cersei, Varys or Littlefinger to play those kinda political games.

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      • May 31 2018 - 19:17
  • Incredibly disappointing. I generally regarded Wolff as a pretty solid bloke, but this has downgraded him significantly for me. I sincerely hope this will force the FIA to step in and regulate how much control one team can exert over others, but I guess they wont.

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    • May 31 2018 - 19:19
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 501

    How a competitive independent engine supplier would churn up this mess. In many other sports this would be called race fixing and makes an even bigger mockery that F1 is becoming. This is a very damning comment. For team orders now read “engine supplier orders”. This should be banned before Canada.

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    • May 31 2018 - 21:15
    • At this rate we really need companies like VW, Aston Martin and that other Japanese manufacturer that may or may not be Toyota to shit or get of the potty. Its about time we get a direct answer if they are legit interested in entering.

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      • Jun 1 2018 - 08:21
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 501

    The ingenuity of F1. The FIA rule against manufacturers not supplying current engines to customer teams, so they take control of the accelerator peddle instead.

    • + 0
    • Jun 1 2018 - 08:30

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