Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff has no concerns about Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg racing each other in today’s Italian Grand Prix in spite of the on-track clash in Belgium two weeks ago.
At Spa, Rosberg made contact with Hamilton when trying to make an overtake, giving the Briton a puncture that ruined his race. Rosberg finished second and extended his championship lead, but was disciplined internally by the team for his role in the incident.
Wolff was left fuming that his two title contenders had made contact, costing the team precious points. Therefore, when the Silver Arrows locked out the front row of the grid at Monza yesterday, the obvious question was asked: “Will there be a repeat?”
“I think it is pretty clear where the line is,” Wolff said. “I have no doubt that this is how the race is going to pan out.”
Following the incident, Hamilton and Rosberg held talks with the team, and were told in no uncertain terms that a repeat event would not be tolerated. However, Wolff confirmed that the team did not discuss a plan of action for if the two went side-by-side into the first chicane at Monza.
“Because we didn’t know the grid we didn’t have the discussion yet,” he said. “But you can see that the two of them are so professional and experienced that after the discussions we had in the week after Spa it should be pretty obvious and clear about what is going to happen tomorrow.
“We are going to have the discussion as always, the strategy discussion, and one of the points is going to be what is happening in the first couple of laps.”
You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET today.