Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff calls on his own team to “hit back hard” in the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix to make up from the disastrous collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have come together as they battled for the lead at the Spanish GP, which paved the way for newcomer Max Verstappen to take his first win in F1 racing.
Having discussed the incident behind closed doors, Ferrari boss Toto Wolff is highly confident that his drivers have learned something from the disastrous incident and that the fallout will not affect the team’s own effort of catching up with Red Bull and Ferrari in the racing world.
“Clearly, Barcelona was tough to take,” said Wolff said in a statement via the Motorsport. “We came away upset at an opportunity missed – but this is racing. The drivers know how we operate.
“The team is responsible for giving them the best possible cars and they are responsible for getting the best out of them – and for bringing them home.
“When we let them down, we apologize to and the same goes the other way. It’s a pretty normal culture – we deal with setbacks together and we move on. Now, we go to Monaco and a very different challenge.”
Though it does relatively little to dent its overwhelming advantage in both drivers and constructors’ standings, with Rosberg leading the drivers by 39 points and Mercedes ahead by 49 points in the constructors’ standings, Wolff is said to be keen to see his own squad to get back into the action in the streets of Monaco.
Wolff added via the Motorsport.com: “Once again, we have seen our competitors make steps forward which have given us an even bigger battle on our hands.Red Bull came out on top in Barcelona after a close fight with Ferrari, so it’s clear that we are under attack from more than one angle.
“We cannot afford to drop the ball, so we must remain united, remain strong and hit back hard this weekend.”
The incident at the Spanish GP was the first time since Hamilton and Rosberg became team-mates at the start of 2013 that neither car finished a race. This incident has allowed Mercedes’ top rivals, Ferrari and Red Bull, to close the gap in the championship.m
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