F1 »

Wolff reveals special Rosberg project for Mercedes F1

Toto Wolff says Mercedes has made it a priority to try and sort Nico Rosberg's starts out after a run of poor launches
Toto Wolff says Mercedes has made it a priority to try and sort Nico Rosberg's starts out after a run of poor launches.

Rosberg was very slow off the line in China, dropping back in the field after contact with Valtteri Bottas at Turn 1 and having to fight his way through to second place. In Barcelona he was again slow off the line and Bottas almost jumped him after a strong start from fourth, but more crucially the start prevented Rosberg from attacking team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Wolff revealed after the race on Sunday that Mercedes has been working specifically with Rosberg to try and sort the issue and was disappointed to see it continuing.

“On the starts we have a problem on Nico's car,” Wolff said. “It seems to be a problem related to the clutch. That is a special project of ours; we expected some improvement for Barcelona which didn't kick in as expected. We just need to sort it out for Monaco because that's crucial there and we discussed it in the debrief.”

While Rosberg had issues at the start, Hamilton was complaining over the team radio about handling problems but proceeded to set fastest laps in response to Rosberg's pressure. Asked if Mercedes takes Hamilton's radio messages with a pinch of salt, Wolff said it is clear they are genuine.

“We take it absolutely seriously because what we did was engineer the car away from how he wanted the car to behave on Saturday. Friday he was very satisfied with the car and then Saturday from P3 onwards he said the car was not doing what he wanted it to do.

“I think you saw that in Q1 and Q2 he wasn't performing the way he was expecting himself to perform, and I guess he just took it at the end with a Hamilton lap.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
11.05.2014-  Race, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
11.05.2014-  Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.