Monday, 26 May 2014

Mercedes won't tolerate dirty tactics

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has warned his driver's Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that the Brackley based team will not allow either driver to 'cross the line' following a difficult few week's for the outfit. 

The team celebrated another 1-2 finish, their fifth consecutive of the season. There was an awful lot of tension on the podium following the race with neither Rosberg or Hamilton acknowledging one another following the race. Wolff has stated:

"I can tell you, on the Sunday in Barcelona we had some emotions from the other side (Rosberg), which is understandable," "You are in the car, alone out there, you don't have a perspective of what is going on around you.

The Austrian went on to say:

"Right now I think they are probably exploring how far you can step over the line and what the consequences are. Isn't that normal?
"You have a chance of winning the Championship, and as long as it isn't detrimental to the team spirit, as long as it is not underhand, we will handle the situation in the way we did before.'
Mercedes now plan to sit down with Lewis Hamilton to discuss what happened over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend after the 2008 world champion was unable with the team for not pitting him the lap before the second safety car came. He was also unhappy with what happened in qualifying on Saturday.

Comparisons have been drawn with the inter team rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost when the pair were team mates at McLaren, however, it has not got to that level at this stage of the season and Mercedes don't believe that it will get that bad.

As a result of their 1-2 finish in Monaco yesterday Mercedes have now extended their lead over Red Bull Racing to 141 point's as the sport take a break from Europe and head to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix in two week's time.

©Ben Johnston 2014

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