Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has become the latest figure to question what direction Mercedes can head in following the fall-out between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.
After a dispute over team orders in Hungary, Rosberg went into the race weekend at Spa looking to “prove a point”, and refused to back out of an overtaking move on Hamilton on the second lap of the race, leaving the Briton with a puncture. Rosberg finished second whilst Hamilton retired, allowing the German to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 29 points.
In a post-race debrief, Rosberg admitted that he could have backed out of the move and chose not to, leaving team bosses fuming. However, he has now accepted the blame in a meeting held today in England.
For Webber, the team must rein its drivers back in to ensure that another on-track clash does not happen.
“Now we have a very difficult situation at Mercedes where the drivers are not enjoying a good relationship,” he explained on Red Bull’s in-house TV channel, Servus.
“It’s going to be interesting, not just for the rest of this year but can they drive together in the future? Is it okay for 2015 for the team to have the two guys together?
“The thing is, who is now going to try to put this back together? Is it the people who pay Niki’s and Toto’s wages? Because at the end of the day, if the drivers are not listening to these guys, do they have to say, ‘Lewis and Nico, you go chat to the big guys at Mercedes, because they’re paying you guys to get the job done in a team environment.’
“At the moment it’s not a team, it looks like the drivers are doing their own thing.”