Webber: Mercedes not a team at the moment
28 August 2014 – Mark Webber says there is a lack of cohesion at Mercedes as its drivers fight for individual glory.
While the Brackley-based outfit leads nearest rivals Red Bull by more than 150 points in the Constructors' standings, team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are going head-to-head for the Drivers' crown.
In the wake of numerous, controversial moments earlier in the campaign, the intra-team rivalry reached boiling point at the Belgian Grand Prix, with Rosberg inflicting a puncture on Hamilton during an early race collision.
After Hamilton's eventual retirement, Rosberg extend his championship lead to 29 points by finishing second.
"Now we have a very difficult situation at Mercedes where the drivers are not enjoying a good relationship," said ex-Formula 1 driver Webber on Red Bull show Sport und Talk. "It's going to be interesting, not just for the rest of this year but can they drive together in the future? Is it OK for 2015 for the team to have the two together?
"The thing is, who is going to try to put this back together? Is it the people who pay Niki [Lauda] and Toto [Wolff's] wages? At the end of the day, if the drivers are not listening to these guys, do they have to say, 'Lewis and Nico, you go chat to the big guys at Mercedes, as they're paying you to get the job done in a team environment'."
The Australian added: "At the moment it's not a team, it looks like the drivers are doing their own thing."
Webber, now an endurance racer with Porsche, says the rivalry can only increase as the season develops.
"Let me tell you, when they get to the track, they'll only be thinking about each other," he said. "They are really only focused on beating each other, and that's what happens when you have a car that is so dominant.
"The drivers know that the Constructors' is done, so all that's left is the Drivers' championship."