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“They are enemies in the same team” – Wolff



“They are enemies in the same team” - Wolff

“They are enemies in the same team” – Wolff

Mercedes Chief Toto Wolff admits that, the team are set to hold talks with Lewis Hamilton about his first-corner incident with Nico Rosberg in Sunday’s US Grand Prix, it’s could cause a split between Mercedes duo.

Hamilton made a perfect start alongside with team-mate Rosberg as they raced uphill towards Turn 1, but the Lewis slide wide under brakes and lugged them both wide off the track, making wheel-to-wheel contact. Hamilton recovered in time to keep the race lead, but Rosberg fell back to fifth place.

Many incidents happened during the middle part of the race, in the final stage Rosberg keep a perfect led, But that all changed with eight laps to go when a bout of wheel spin shot him across the track, allowing Hamilton to a lead that would earn him victory and his third title.

When the media asked exactly about the first corner incident between Hamilton and Rosberg, Wolff replied: “It’s very hard.

“Lewis came on the radio and said it wasn’t on purpose, I think it’s something that we are going to talk about in a couple of days but this is the moment to celebrate a world champion who deserves to be a world champion and once the emotions have cooled down we will discuss.”

“It’s clear that a racing driver who has just lost a World Championship for a second time against his team mate in a tough race where certainly Turn One wasn’t very nice, and he lost it by his own mistake. I think we have to respect for that.”

Drivers’ and Constructors’ championship is now secure in Mercedes pocket, it was put to Wolff that he will be able to relax the approach with the drivers for the remaining races, but he says there is a risk of a crack appearing between the duo.

“Flat out! Actually, we have been unleashing them all the time already. I don’t know, I have never been in that comfortable situation of being able to sit in a race and enjoy it like a fan, watch it. But then it’s also a crucial moment now to make sure that today’s race won’t release consequences within the team, and splitting the two sides of the garage. Wolff added

“Celebrate the World Champion, let a couple of days pass, emotion cool down, have a chat. It’s never easy, it wasn’t easy the first time around. I think we’ve gained some experience, I’ve gained some experience, I’ve been around a little while now, and I just need to have a calm approach, but a firm approach, about how we would like them to compete out there.”

Asked if Rosberg would eventually be happy for Lewis – Wolff quoted as saying by Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog: “That’s never going to happen. They are enemies in the same team. It’s clear that we cannot expect him to cheer up in such a situation.”

Following the race, Rosberg accused newly-crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton of being “extremely aggressive” and “going one step too far” at the start of the US GP battle.

“For sure it was extremely aggressive. We hit each other – or I would say Lewis came into me, so obviously that’s not good.”

Also the German make clear about late mistake – “I jut got wheelspin, it’s never happened to me ever, not even in testing or racing,” Rosberg said. “I can’t explain it. Just need to look into it.

“That was really really tough at the time to lose the lead like that and to lose the win because I was feeling really good at that point.”

However, there was still a hint of the bad feeling between the Mercedes drivers in the crew room just after the race.

Hamilton tossed the German a cap to wear on the podium but 30-year-old Rosberg immediately threw the hat back at the stunned Briton.



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