Wolff: Have been little fouls on both sides
27 May 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has warned Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that the team will not tolerate any 'underhand' behaviour this season.
His comments come in the wake of a turbulent weekend in Monaco, with Rosberg securing that controversial pole and then converting it into a win that put him back top in the title race.
Reflecting on the situation, Wolff said there have been 'little fouls' on both sides, with Hamilton using a higher power engine setting in Spain in order to stay ahead of Rosberg in the closing stages, even though he was not meant to. Rosberg, similarly, also played with the settings, when he was trying to overhaul Hamilton in Bahrain.
"I can tell you, on the Sunday in Barcelona we had some emotions from the other side [Rosberg], which is understandable," Wolff told Press Association Sport. "You are in the car, alone out there, you don't have a perspective of what is going on around you. Obviously if you lose out to your team-mate, either in qualifying or in the race, that is a frustrating situation.
"In Barcelona, Nico felt aggrieved by what had happened in the race and I guess this is really normal. Everybody has their own absolute reality, absolute belief. I guess it is like arguing with somebody where you think you are right, the other person thinks he is right, but it is never black and white. There is sometimes grey.
"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.
"There have been little fouls left and right. But the moment it goes in the direction where we believe it is not in the spirit of Mercedes-Benz we will act accordingly.
"For instance, what happened with the engine settings [in Spain and Bahrain], that is never going to happen again [as we have made changes so it cannot happen in future races]."