Wolff: We owe it to everyone to let Nico and Lewis race

Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg the biggest talking point of the 2014 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg has been good for Formula 1 this season

Mercedes have been the revelation of the 2014 Formula 1 season, as they have dominated the first half of this year’s championship with their two drivers battling for the title, and team boss Toto Wolff is adamant that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be allowed to race for the title unrestrained.

Speaking to the official F1 website Wolff said, “I think we owe it to everyone to let them race, especially in a season when it is our two cars battling out front. I could be very short-sighted and say I want to win the drivers’ and constructors’ titles, and this is how we do it: team orders, don’t crash into each other, and carry it on like it was always done.”

“We are going into new ground. Until now it has functioned really well. Could it come to a point where we say it is difficult to manage? It could be, but I don’t see it – not with the two of them.”

“I think it was very beneficial for Formula One and for Mercedes,” says Wolff of the duel between the team’s drivers. “We all loved the race, even if I got a couple of grey hairs during it. There is much more than our own little sporting agenda. There is F1 as a sport; the fans; the brands we represent.”

Toto Wolff has an enviable problem on his hands

Toto Wolff has an enviable problem on his hands

However he is wary of things might impact the image of not only the team but also the Mercedes brand, “”For the drivers, it is about the drivers’ world championship, but nevertheless you have to understand that there is a big organisation behind them – one of the biggest and most well-known brands in the world – and sometimes the team comes first.”

“That is clear and both of them acknowledge and accept that. This is very important. They recognise the historic achievements of Mercedes-Benz in motorsport, and they put their own place in the right context.”

Hamilton and Rosberg have won five and four races respectively, with the latter topping the championship standings, and Wolff acknowledges their role in the recent success of the team.

“The two of them are both very important pillars of the performance of the car and the success of the team. They push each other to new levels, to new heights, in a way that is not detrimental to the team. It can get quite messy, and we have seen that at other teams.”

Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in Monaco

Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in Monaco

But according to the Silver Arrows boss things are not as bad as they may seem, “To this point it has been very beneficial for the team. We are in good spirits here, we have a good atmosphere, and having two drivers on that level, racing each other like they do, is not only good for the brand but also for performance overall. It is a very important ingredient for the success of the team.”

Nevertheless he acknowledges that there have been tense moments in the title feud between the pair, most recently in Hungary and prior to that in Monaco. Chances are that the feud will intensify and the perhaps explore uncharted territory.

“Potentially it is going to get more heated, but if we carry on in performing as we do now I am still carefully optimistic that it is only up to the two of them in fighting for the world championship. Then we get to a situation where we could discuss if we want to maintain the way we work with each other.”

“Do we think it is beneficial for the car, the team, and both sides of the garage? Or do we want to recalibrate a little bit, because it is about the two of them and one remaining world championship?’ That is a question mark – I don’t know, because I haven’t been there yet. It is new ground,” admitted Wolff.

The saving grace of this season, where the silver cars have won all but two races thus far, is that their drivers are slugging it out in a fully fledged heavy weight style bout – week in and week out – a fact that has made a mockery of those who say the sport needs to be pepped up.

With assurances that there will be no tampering in the Hamilton versus Rosberg battle, fans of the sport can look forward to what will be an intriguing Silver Arrows duel, which is set to be the main highlight of the second half of this season. (GP247)