The memory of Toto Wolff on the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

During the early years of the team Mercedes on the Formula 1, Nico Rosberg began to make a name for himself in the category. With the arrival of Toto wolff to the German team, and the agreement so that Lewis hamilton I got there, Rosberg’s figure began to dwindle. At that time, the duel between the drivers was unsustainable, something that complicated the performance of the team boss.

However, Wolff came to threaten his two pilots after a crash in the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, while both fought the championship. Hamilton wanted to overtake Rosberg, and biting into the grass, the seven-time champion’s Mercedes took over the German. The relationship between the two was broken there, and nothing would be the same again.


After that race, Wolff recalled that he had no choice but to talk to both drivers. “What they want most is to compete, but you have to understand team play. It is not easy to find a replacement for pilots of this level. But I am willing to sacrifice a career to make it clear to future drivers that this cannot happen at Mercedes.

“I always made it clear that if this happened regularly, and I would see a pattern, then I would not be afraid to lose some races,” Wolff added, confirming the threat. Rosberg left Formula 1 in 2016, after winning the title from Hamilton, claiming that the duel between the two drivers wore him out. This decision surprised all the fans.

This season, Lewis Hamilton has a chance to reach all eight world titles, an absolute record. This is partly thanks to his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, has a fundamental job: to be Lewis’s squire. Something that in 2016, Rosberg did not want to comply. The German revealed himself and after years of being in the shadow of the British, he struck.

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