Mercedes to 'strengthen focus' on Constructors'

Mercedes to 'strengthen focus' on Constructors'

25 August 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has confirmed the team will "strengthen its focus" on securing the Constructors' Championship now in the wake of the Belgian Grand Prix and the collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes looked poised for another one-two finish in Belgium after locking out the front row of the grid. However, that chance was squandered when Rosberg made contact with Hamilton on the second lap, damaging his front wing, while his team-mate picked up a puncture and later retired.

"We saw our worst case scenario when the drivers made contact on lap two - and that ultimately cost us a one-two finish," Wolff said.

"It has been our clear policy to let the drivers race this year but rule number one is: don't hit each other. To see that kind of contact, so early in the race, is an unacceptable level of risk to be taking out on track. It cannot - and will not - happen again."

"It is clear that we need to strengthen our focus on securing the Constructors' Championship by delivering the potential of both cars in the next races," he added.

Quizzed on if that means Rosberg and Hamilton won't now be allowed to race, Wolff told reporters, including GPUpdate, that the situation will be reviewed.

"We will sit down now with the drivers and ask how they see it," Wolff continued. "We will not say to Nico, 'You messed up', because they are fighting hard and it could have happened the other way around.

"But we must make an example of this incident. We had this conversation at the beginning of the season. It was made absolutely clear that they must not crash into each other. Since then we have had some great battles between our drivers, which were fair and exciting for everyone. At that point they had the situation under control and we had the situation under control.

"Now it has apparently come to a point where we need to ensure they remain within the boundaries we set at the start of the season.

"It is too early to elaborate in detail because the devil lies in the detail. We are all fans, and we owe it to ourselves and everybody out there to let them continue to fight each other. But today that approach has ended in Mercedes losing many, many valuable points. We don't want to end up in Abu Dhabi with a season where we have lost a championship – be it Constructors' or Drivers'.

"We have probably not hit the self-destruct button just yet but there is a lot at stake and if we do not manage this properly now it could all go wrong.

"It is one thing enjoying great races and letting them fight each other hard but you would like a fool at the end of the year if you haven't won anything."

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