Monday, 22 September 2014

Wolff wants Mercedes to sort out reliability issuest

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has stated that he does not want this year's title fight between his drivers to be decided as a result of reliability issues. 

The Brackley based outfit suffered their four mechanical retirement of the season during yesterday's Singapore Grand Prix as Nico Rosberg suffered a broken loom on steering column of his W05 which forced the German to retire from the race and relinquish his championship lead.

Speaking following yesterday's race which saw Lewis Hamilton take the win, Wolff commented:

'We don't want to have the spin that the championship was decided because one car let the driver down, We need to refocus, get our heads down and keep concentrating and work out what we can do to prevent DNFs, reliability problems.'

Despite Rosberg's DNF, Mercedes are 174 points ahead of Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the top of the championship standings. Red Bull secured a double podium finish with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel securing his best finish of the season with second place. 

Speaking about Rosberg's demeanor after going out of the race, Wolff stated:

'He was not destroyed at all. You can see him sitting outside with his wife. Very professional. He was very calm. The whole team was very calm, they stayed cold-blooded trying to fix the problem and he stayed very cold-blooded trying to reset the system as good as he could.' 

Following his retirement from the race, Rosberg was seen in discussions with Wolff and when asked about it Wolff revealed that was apologizing to the German for the  reliability issue with the car. 

© Ben Johnston 2014

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