The Mercedes F1 team boss, say that he has not spoken to Lewis Hamilton since the night of the Monaco Grand Prix misfortune, but he did face the defending champion Hamilton’s angry Twitter fans on Tuesday evening.
Wolff point out the software “malfunction” which has been blamed for the strategy error would be improved, as well as communication on the pit wall.
Wolff reactions on Hamilton’s angry Twitter fans
Q: Ray Armstrong @thearmstrongs79
@MercedesAMGF1 Just wondering after the race on Sunday did Toto or Paddy speak to Lewis about what happened or was best left alone.
TW: I spoke to him just after the race. But it’s best to let it calm down for a day or two. #AskToto
Q: Fiona Lockwood @FELockwood
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto lf Lewis now loses the championship by 10 points or less how will this look/be dealt with? #MonacoGP
TW: It would not look good but this is motor racing. Lewis has our 100% support #AskToto
Q: chris @chrisrmooney
@MercedesAMGF1 if Lewis passed vettel would you have asked nico to let Hamilton pass?
TW: Very good question. It would have been a very tough call to make #AskToto
Q: Dominika W. #TeamLH @mynameisdomii
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Is that true that you have part of your family from Poland? Or do you have polish origin? 🙂 Greetings from Poland!?
TW: Yes, my mother comes from Poland and i have a lot of family in Bielsko. I actually speak a little Polish too.
Q: ollie curtis @MuchCurtis
@MercedesAMGF1 did anyone loose their job on Sunday? ?? #AskToto
TW: Absolutely not. We’re a World Championship team and we are not playing a blame game based on a single race.
Q: vicky gajjar @vickygajjar92
@MercedesAMGF1 #Ask Toto was that deliberate mistake to make the race towards championship interesting?
TW: Would we ever do this to the guy leading the Championship with Ferrari a real threat to us? Answer: NO
Q: TeamLH @blidabirdy
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Why was the decision to pit Lewis made in the first place?
TW: We believed we could make a free stop to cover risk of cars behind on SuperSoft. Unfortunately our data was wrong
Q: Sara-Jane Perera @SaraJanePerera
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto do you need to take a more human approach to strategy as every1 watching monaco knew you made wrong call before you
TW: You need the right balance between data and gut feeling. Our tools told us we had the gap but they were wrong
Q: Carol @carolstrach
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Track position is king so why oh why did anyone think pitting Lewis was a good idea?
TW: Under Safety Car you need 12 secs gap to maintain position. Our system showed us that we had that gap.
Q: Clare Boswell @clarebozzy
@MercedesAMGF1 did you not think you should have told Lewis that Nico & seb had not pitted? that would have calmed him #AskToto
TW: Vettel still had an opportunity to stop as he had not caught the Safety Car
Q: Ben Davies @BenBendavies86
@MercedesAMGF1 How do Mercedes AMG feel about the rumours that Lewis was purposely to have a 3 time winner on the team? Ben Davies #AskToto
TW: Whoever would start such rumours needs their head examined.
Q: Michael @MikeyDuncan44
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Why doesn’t Lewis and Nico have their own strategist? Surely the team would get on even better with their own?
TW: Last year proved that we allow our drivers to have a fair and equal fight. Having one strategist allows this.
Q: Jon @mrjon1976
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto do you think that sometimes you can have too many people involved in the decision process, hence the confusion?
TW: We have a strict radio protocol and structure how our decisions are made. This is how we’ve won so many races
Q: Steven Lewis @JEEVES83
@MercedesAMGF1 why didn’t you tell nico to back off to into the first corner when lewis was coming out to get him past Seb? #AskToto
TW: Because Sporting Regs say you cannot drive “unnecessarily slowly” behind the safety car
Q: Marc V COLTELLI @M17MVC
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto what have you done to ensure you don’t have same issues at Montreal like you did last year?
TW: Brakes are always a challenge in Montreal and it will be a key topic for us to solve
Q: David Tran EM360° @EM360Editor
@MercedesAMGF1 What were your key findings in the debriefs since and how will you look to improve strategically for the next races? #AskToto
TW: Improve software, better communication and a spice more common sense
TW: Just to make one thing clear, we’re right in the middle of this and just as frustrated about our mistake as many of you! #AskToto
TW: This is our life, we eat breathe sleep F1
Q: Sam Elliott @SamElliott64
#AskToto @MercedesAMGF1 was Nico a bit sheepish in the debrief after? Bet he couldn’t believe his luck!
TW: Nico showed great sportsmanship and said to the team he could feel their frustration.
Q: tommurray @clickboss1943
@MercedesAMGF1 Can you ever rebuild total trust with Hamilton and the team, after Monaco debacle, lost him the win?
TW: Trust is a key value within our team. One race doesn’t tip that over
Q: Francky @Frk_C
@MercedesAMGF1 #askToto : Ferrari is still clearly behind but do you think they can close all the gap this year and be a real threat?
TW: They can be a real threat and we percieve them as a real threat. You can never be complacent #AskToto
Q: Violet Cosford @VioletCx
@MercedesAMGF1 Are you happy with the way the team has handled the aftermath of the situation on Sunday? #AskToto
TW: We’re not happy about the situation itself & therefore there was no such thing as happiness about that incident
Q: nik pole @nikpole
@MercedesAMGF1 was there input from @LewisHamilton on whether to stop or not? Post race interview appeared to suggest there was #AskToto
TW: We told him to stay out and Lewis said “not good” & that the tyres had lost temperature (1/2)
TW: (2/2) We had one second to react and, combined with our wrong timing data, we made the mistake of calling him in #AskToto
Q: Mtc Chi @Mtc2211
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto good intentions aside, how do you manage the conflict of interests within the team? Do you understand fans’ concern?
TW: When two drivers fight for the championship, there is intense competition. We manage it transparently with them
Q: Merc F1™ Fans @MercF1Fans
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Did the VSC have an impact on the mis-judgement?