F1 »

F1 United States Grand Prix: Mercedes fear ‘Spa’ repeat as Hamilton, Rosberg tensions rise

Toto Wolff says discussions will take place between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after latter fumes over their first lap clash in Austin.
Toto Wolff says Mercedes will 'take action' to prevent Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's relationship deteriorating again after the latter upped the criticism of his team-mate for their opening lap clash during the United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton led from the start after making contact with Rosberg as they rounded first corner at a slippery Circuit of the Americas, the German running wide and slipping as low as fifth before eventually fighting back to lead at one stage.

Going on to lose the win – and his slim hopes of remaining in the title battle – after running off with eight laps to go and handing the initiative to Hamilton, an upset Rosberg nonetheless made his feelings felt in the press conference when he described the three-time champion as 'extremely aggressive'.

A view he would maintain in the hours after the race, Wolff admits he is concerned the famously strained relationship is worsening, twelve months after several flashpoints caused public rifts between the pair in the heat of title battle.

“If we don't take any action it has the potential,” he said when asked whether he saw a similar scenario unfolding as it did in Spa 2014. “Lewis came on the radio and said it [the contact] wasn't on purpose. I think it's something that we are going to talk about in a couple of days but this is the moment to celebrate a world champion who deserves to be a world champion and once the emotions have cooled down we will discuss.

“It is a crucial moment now to make sure the race and this incident don't release consequences within the team and splitting the two sides of the garage.”

When asked whether he though Rosberg would begin treating Hamilton differently in competition, Wolff admits to concerns, saying 'the danger is for sure imminent'.

Hamilton and Rosberg famously fell out at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, when Rosberg refused to back out of an attempted pass, making contact with Hamilton hard enough to put him out of the race.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
25.10.2015- Race Press Conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06  and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg
Nico Hulkenberg - Renault Sport F1
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

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.


Stuey99

October 26, 2015 8:12 AM

f1isboring: Nico, just crash into Lulu in Mexico, nothing to lose. Big bad Wolf and oldman Lauda are in Lulu's camp...don't you realise this by now? Wake up! Third WDC? Lulu doesn't deserve it. Anyway, I don't watch much of Formula 1 these days...MotoGP is the best!!
For someone who doesn't watch it you sure have a lot to say. #passthetissues

4342

October 26, 2015 9:37 AM

syrillsneer: Another team mate thoroughly alienated, you have to give it to Hamilton, he's good at that!
What Hamilton is good at is beating the very best teammates without asking for No1 status.



© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

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