Wolff on lack of team orders in Brazil: “We don’t want a puppy in the car”

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes has “always stood for free racing and we have never done otherwise unless a driver is mathematically not in contention anymore for the championship”.

In the final stage of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, while leading the race, George Russell asked Mercedes over the team radio if he and second-placed Lewis Hamilton would be allowed to race, or if they’ll go and secure a one-two victory.

The team immediately informed him that they will indeed be racing to the chequered flag. After the race team boss Toto Wolff explained that that’s how it’s always been at Mercedes.

“I think as a team, we have always stood for free racing and we have never done otherwise unless a driver is mathematically not in contention anymore for the championship and the other one is,” Wolff said.


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“We were actually looking forward to them racing with the same tyre and we discussed it ahead of the race in the strategy meeting.”

Toto also said he want his two drivers to both fight for wins.

“They are both alpha drivers and this is good. We don’t want a puppy in the car.

“We manage that as well as we can,” the Austrian concluded.

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