Have Mercedes bosses lost control of their drivers?

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during happier times

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during happier times

Formula 1 experts are asking who will bring feuding teammates Nico Rosberg ad Lewis Hamilton to order in the aftermath of their clash during the Belgian Grand Prix, and the belief is that the team’s management have lost control of the situation while the experience of Ross Brawn is sorely missed at the helm of the Silver Arrows.

Webber told BBC, “The thing is, who is now going to try to put this back together? Is it the people who pay Niki’s and Toto’s wages?”

“Because at the end of the day, if the drivers are not listening to these guys, do they have to say: Lewis and Nico, you go chat to the big guys at Mercedes, because they’re paying you guys to get the job done in a team environment?”

“It’s going to be interesting, not just for the rest of the year. At the moment it’s not a team. Is it OK to have them together in 2015? It looks like the drivers are doing their own thing,” observed Webber who himself was involved in a bitter inner team feud with teammate Sebastian Vettel.

“Can they drive together in the future?” added the straight talking Australian who departed F1 at the end of 2013 to pursue a career in WEC with Porsche.

Ross Brawn with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Ross Brawn with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Double world champion Mika Hakkinen echoes Webber’s  views, but believes the situation is beyond control, “The team can implement internal rules, like collisions early in the race cannot happen under any circumstances.”

“But then the next race comes. I believe that despite every effort, no one will be able to stop the intense competition between Nico and Lewis,” predicts Hakkinen.

Many have questioned the credentials of Wolff and Lauda to run the team (including GP247 here>>>) and that the outfit is lacking the authoritative, and vastly experienced, character of Ross Brawn who departed the team last year

Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan told TalkSport, “I blame the team. They say they let the drivers race but they don’t because at Hungary Rosberg was told he could pass Hamilton, Hamilton was told to let him go and he didn’t let him go.”

“How can you say you don’t have team orders but you actually do? It’s a nonsense. It’s weak. The guys there are really good guys, but they don’t have the experience.”

“They don’t have Ross [Brawn] and, at the moment, they are rudderless. They are being run by two drivers who are like spoilt kids,” added Jordan. (GP247)