Mercedes has discussed team orders – Wolff
14 March 2014 – Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says that there have been discussions over the potential implementation of team orders between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes used team orders on occasion in 2013, most notably during the Malaysian Grand Prix in which Rosberg was told not to overtake third-placed Hamilton.
With Mercedes widely tipped to be 2014's leading team, and having finished the second practice session in first and second place, Wolff admitted that discussions over team orders have taken place.
"Yes, we had those conversations, and I think it’s important to have those conversations," he said when asked if such talks had taken place.
"Both of the drivers know each other for quite a long time, they have been team-mates before – back in karting – and we got caught out by surprise last year in Malaysia and we don’t want this to happen again.
"It’s just very good discussions we had. They’re not only very talented and fast but also very intelligent. They treat each other in a very fair way. We went through some of scenarios and I think we’re in a good place."