Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes had a complicated 2016. The boss of Mercedes has revealed how he met with the three-time champion to talk about what happened between the pair of drivers of the Brackley team. The British driver was angry because he felt that the team had favored Nico Rosberg to facilitate the title and Mercedes wanted to convey that he was the man chosen to guide Mercedes to repeat successes in 2017.
Wolff said Motorsport.com,
“When things get intense during a season between two drivers, sometimes there are things that are not talked about or discussed.”
“I think at the end of the season it’s a good time to put everything on the table, some of the frustrations and non-spoken issues, reflect on them and analyze them to find out what really happened. Its important to find absolute truth, but it is also necessary to find the cause.”
Wolff acknowledges that the conversation in the kitchen of his Oxford home revolved around the things that Wolff and Hamilton could have done differently in recent years.
“It’s a learning process, you can not expect on the one hand to have the most ambitious driver in the car that will deliver the result you’re trying to achieve and at the same time expect him to behave like a robot. About Valtteri, he understands the great effort being made achieve these cars and he also understands the responsibility with the brand and all the people they represent.”
The Austrian driver also explained that the drivers, and more Formula 1, are sometimes not easy to carry and that the Hamilton-Rosberg pair was difficult,
“Sometimes the driver’s DNA makes them look at themselves. We had those two personalities, demanding racing drivers and it was a very good situation for the team. It was difficult to have to manage the Hamilton-Rosberg pair.”