Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has responded furiously to the final lap collision between Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg which saw the former overtake his teammate secured victory at Spielberg on Sunday.
Rosberg’s damaged front wing meant he was overtaken by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, finally the German managed to stumble home in fourth without a front wing.
“We were marginal on brakes, if not to say completely over the brakes,” Wolff told Sky TV.
“We couldn’t tell the drivers so Nico had a brake by wire failure onto the last straight and defended very hard, then seeing both cars nearly colliding is upsetting.
“At the moment I don’t now what I will say to them. It could easily have been a double DNF. Cars colliding seem a deja-vu. It’s absolutely not what we want.
“We are looking like a bunch of idiots and it’s disrespectful to 1500 people who work their nuts off to prepare the cars and this is why it needs to end.
“It seems that talking doesn’t bring us any further so we need to think about all possible solutions and go as far as implementing the not very popular team orders.
“This is on the table now. This is what we are going to discuss, because maybe it’s the only way we can manage the situation.”
On Hamilton’s one-stop strategy which looked like causing the Briton the race, Wolff said: “We were on a one-stop with Lewis, we thought that is the better strategy, because he was the car leading and by our calculations that was the strategy that would have won him the race.
“It turned out that it was too marginal, so we needed to convert onto a two-stop and that brought him out behind Nico. Unfortunate, but that’s racing.”
Hamilton meanwhile was clear that he saw the incident as being Rosberg’s fault and he was also surprised at the loud boos he received from the packed crowd on the podium afterwards.
“He made a mistake into turn one, so I had an opportunity to go down the outside into turn two,” he said.
“I left a lot of room on the inside and I guess he locked up and crashed into me. I think he had a problem with his brakes potentially.
“I’m here to win. That’s all
“Of course it’s not great [being booed] and especially with how much I love it here. It’s one of the most beautiful countries I’ve come too.
“So to have that kind of feeling for the country…but I forgive them. Sometimes that’s the way it is and I don’t judge them for that. I’m not sure why they think that, but I feel I won the race fair and square.”
Rosberg however, thought he had the driving line and felt Hamilton had questions to answer.
“I am absolutely gutted, it’s unbelievable,” he said. “I was sure to win the race and lost it on the last lap, that’s pretty intense.
“We were battling. I was struggling a little bit with my brakes cause they got a bit hot in the end and my tyres were degrading so that gave Lewis a chance.
“Nevertheless, I was confident I could defend accordingly and bring it home.
“I had the inside position, a strong position, and went a bit deep into the corner, but that’s fine cause I dictate, but l was very surprised that Lewis turned in and that caused a collision.”