Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he talked to Alain Prost when he took the reins at Mercedes, to prevent a volatile situation between his drivers.
The rivalry between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna while they were both driving for McLaren is now legendary. However, at the time McLaren had a lot of problems as their fierce rivalry led to deteriorating relationships within the team, as well as multiple incidents on the track.
Toto Wolff reveals he had asked Prost for advice on how to prevent this situation when he was taking over as Mercedes Team Principal. This helped avoid an implosion within the team during the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
“I think how it evolved was that we have always been very transparent with each other,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.
“At the beginning of my stint with Mercedes, I remember a discussion with Alain Prost and I said to him ‘What went wrong between you and Senna?’
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“He said ‘Sometimes we didn’t know whether we had the support of the team or not, and there was always politics involved’.”
“Now, I don’t know if that is true. I wasn’t part of that and certainly they had a great era, but we don’t play politics. We play it outside, but not inside. I would never permit it.
“Transparency, being honest with each other, blaming the problem and not the person and empowerment are the values that are of utmost importance to us.
“That’s why it’s a good place, it’s a fun place, but it’s also a pushy place,” concluded Wolff.