Head of Mercedes Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff has stated that if his team’s dominance of Formula One continues like it has over the last two years he may be forced into getting his drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race as individuals rather than for the team.
The Mercedes pair have a total of 32 of the last 38 races with Lewis Hamilton claiming back to back championship’s in 2014 and 2015 while the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team have won the Constructors championship twice in the last years. Speaking to the Daily Mail Wolff said that although he wants the team to continue winning he does not want them to become the enemy and by doing so damage the sport.
One solution Wolff has is to allow his drivers to race each other. He said:
Maybe it’s about unleashing the two of them completely. Make them have their own strategy cars. That would be a solution. We had a more relaxed approach this year, letting them fight it out on the track and it might have a new dimension next year. I want to contain it. I don’t want fighting in the team. I’d like the boxers to fight but not the trainers and the physios and everybody around the ring.
While Lewis Hamilton has signed a multi year contract extension, Nico Rosberg’s current deal runs until the end of 2016 and it has been reported that the German who has been with the Silver Arrows since they returned to F1 as a manufacturer in 2010 will have to wait until the Summer to find out if his contract will be renewed.
Wolff has also made it clear that he would have no problem replacing one or both of his drivers in the future if he felt it is in the best interest of the team.