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F1 Monaco GP: Wolff: Giving a b*****ing won’t solve reliability gremlins

Toto Wolff won't be coming down hard on the Mercedes team for ongoing reliability niggles, but admits it must investigate the problems.
Toto Wolff says Mercedes will not apportion blame to members of the Mercedes team for the recent spate of niggling reliability problems that have disrupted its otherwise successful season so far.

Though two-time champions Mercedes have prospered with the most competitive engine-chassis package since the change in regulations from 2014, it is its bullet-proof reliability that has remained another crucial cornerstone to its success during the V6 Hybrid era.

However, though its impressive form has continued on into the 2016 season having stolen a march over its rivals with five wins in six races, technical gremlins have been a regular – if not entirely disastrous – occurrence this year, most notably with Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix and the Russian Grand Prix.

Even so, with the defending champion making his frustrations clear in the aftermath of a time sapping fuel pressure issue in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, Mercedes has admitted it must get on top of the increasingly frequent concerns.

Nevertheless, Wolff says there is no desire in single out any particular area or person for complaint, saying he is entirely confident the same people will come to a solution.

“This car -- the engine -- everything you see is the product of humans and those humans have made us win good knows how many races and two championships; two constructors and two driver championships. These are the best guys, I wouldn't want to work with anybody else and we are going through a tough time.

“I want to continue like we did in the past, we are not blaming any person but we are trying to identify the root cause of the problem and then try to not make the mistake again, and that is very important. That would be so easy in these circumstances, go in, apply huge pressure, give somebody a bollocking and then hope it's going to work out -- it's not how it's working.

“You need to empower them and support them, more in these circumstances than the opposite and I expect the same from doctor [Dieter] Zetsche and he does exactly that.”

Indeed, with Wolff having previously admitted Mercedes is pushing the limits with its package further in an effort to extract any remaining performance, he feels these problems will ultimately prove educational for the team In the long-term.

“It's the same people on the cars, in the garage, in the factory that have worked on the cars and the engine for like the last three years, so there is no change and there is no change in mentality. It is a very unfortunate number of events we've had and in the end it's going to make us stronger.”
by Ollie Barstow



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here4thesun2

June 03, 2016 5:53 PM

xsavior: non story about a team manager who doesn't have to worry about anything because the rules will keep anyone from keeping Wolff accountable to the guys cutting the checks.
Is that you, ProfX? Professor Charles X-savior?



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