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F1 Mexican Grand Prix: Wolff: Hamilton, Rosberg tensions aired 'behind closed doors'

Toto Wolff says his Mercedes team will analyse the fallout of the post-race clash between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in privacy
Toto Wolff says his Mercedes team will analyse the fallout of the post-race clash between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg away from the prying public eye but fully understands the reactions from both his drivers.

After Rosberg made the ultimate mistake of slipping off the track and handing Hamilton the race victory, enabling him to clinch his third Formula 1 World Championship, the post-race exchanges saw a frosty interaction between the two with the drivers throwing caps at each other.

Wolff, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, felt the incident was blow out of proportion but has confirmed in the build up to the Mexican Grand Prix the team will discuss the situation, after he said he feared a repeat of Spa 2014.

“A lot was said after the race about the relationship between our drivers and most of it was hot air,” Wolff said. “One of our boys won a world title on Sunday, and one lost it. If a few emotions boil over in that scenario, it's completely understandable and human. Like always, we will do the analysis of what happened on track as a team - but we will do it behind closed doors.”

Looking to put the issue to bed, Wolff is focusing on the final three rounds of 2015 and as always is aiming for the best possible team result, with a view to get Rosberg back ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel into the runners-up position to secure a Mercedes 1-2 in the drivers' standings.

“We now head into the remaining three rounds with an interesting dynamic in prospect,” he explained. “We have a newly crowned three-time World Champion in Lewis, who fully deserved to retain his title this year and will want to cap off an impressive season in style.

“At the same time, Nico is embroiled in a close battle for the runner-up spot and will be determined to prove his mettle in the final few races before knuckling down for a fresh title challenge in 2016.

“As a racing fan, like we all are at heart, I am excited to see what the final phase of the season has to offer and hoping for an entertaining battle. We start with Mexico, which is a new venue to most of us and an important market for Mercedes-Benz.”

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October 28, 2015 4:49 PM

Anyone who thinks there was double standards or any favouritism to either driver is either a ***** or exceptionally bitter. Probably both. LH won because he was better than Rosberg. Get over it. #passthetissues


October 28, 2015 6:31 PM

Schumacher was favoured and got away with all sorts of dastardly maneuvres. Senna was favoured and benefitted from many duplicitous decisions by Race Direction. Vettel prevailed unjustly over Mark Webber in blatant team decisions countless times. See what Rossi has just got away in Motogp. These cats are favoured not because they look more beautiful or are nicer persons. They are on those pedestals because they are good! Much better than team competitors or team mates who moan sanctimoniously against injustice or favouritism but cannot command the track or the opposition even in equal machinery. Favouritism is not just handed out. It is won by domination.

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