Toto Wolff has rejected the wayward idea that Nico Rosberg’s mistake during yesterday’s Italian Grand Prix was a deliberate move dictated by the team to make up for the incident with Lewis Hamilton in Belgium two weeks ago.
When leading at Monza, Rosberg locked up at the first corner while leading, allowing Hamilton to move into first position. The German driver was unable to catch his teammate, and ultimately had to settle for second place come the flag.
Rosberg was met with more boos on the podium following his collision with Hamilton at Spa, but one of the more – to put it nicely – unique ideas to come out of the post-race analysis was that it could have been a move ordered by the team.
When asked about this, team boss Wolff laughed the idea off.
“Only a paranoid mind could come up with such an idea,” he said. “If it had been our idea, it would have been bloody well done.
“There was lots of pressure on Nico because Lewis was so quick yesterday and you could see that today as well.”
Some suggested that the team may have told Rosberg to make a mistake to let Hamilton win as compensation for his retirement at the Belgian Grand Prix.
In the heat of a championship battle, a few can get a little bit carried away with the conspiracy theories, it seems.