Mercedes transparency suffering, says Wolff
23 June 2014 – Toto Wolff has admitted that transparency between the two sides of the Mercedes garage is beginning to "suffer a little bit" as the championship battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton develops.
With the Silver Arrows pair unable to make the most of their final qualifying attempts, Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas locked out the front row to end the German manufacturer's impressive run.
Although Rosberg and Hamilton recovered in the race to record a sixth one-two finish of the season, Wolff says it is imperative that both men put the team's collective ambition ahead of their individual aspirations.
"Our first priority must be to let the two compete against each other," Wolff commented. "They are on such a close level and we don't want to interfere from the outside and manipulate it in one or the other direction.
"Nevertheless, the team had a bit of a moment [on Saturday morning]. After final practice we weren't in good shape and the atmosphere wasn't like in the races before. We can see that it's getting very competitive and that transparency is suffering a little bit. So we need to make sure that this is not detrimental to the team.
"We need the knowledge of the whole group, the drivers and the engineers on both side of the garage. Every race we need to learn and we can only learn if we're having an open and transparent way of working."
Despite his concerns, Wolff is confident that both sides will see the need to keep working together.
"It's not just the drivers but two crews who are part of one team. They are very competitive as well," he added.
"For the drivers the main agenda is winning the Drivers' Championship, whereas our agenda is winning the Constructors' Championships and making sure one of the drivers wins the Drivers' Championship."