Car issues in Abu Dhabi F1 showdown would be ‘biggest nightmare’ for Mercedes

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Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says a mechanical issue for either Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton in the end of season title showdown in Abu Dhabi would be his “biggest nightmare”.

Hamilton claimed his third straight win in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix to set up a title decider with Rosberg in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month.

Rosberg will go into the race at Yas Marina leading by 12 points in the drivers’ championship, meaning a third-place finish would be enough for him to claim a maiden crown.

Speaking after the race, Wolff said that a title showdown between his drivers was good for the sport, but dreads the possibility of a mechanical issue affecting either of his drivers.

“As Bernie [Ecclestone, F1 CEO] would have wanted it, a showdown in Abu Dhabi. They’re gonna drive it out on-track,” Wolff said.

“We’ll just have to give them two cars so they can fight it out on-track.

“My biggest nightmare would be mechanical issues, but this is how the sport is.”

Hamilton has encountered a number of problems on his car throughout the season, the most dramatic of which being an engine failure that denied him a sure-fire victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

However, Rosberg has previously been hit by technical issues, with his hopes of the championship in Abu Dhabi in 2014 being killed off by an ERS problem on his car.

Mercedes picked up its seventh one-two of the season in Brazil, mastering the tricky conditions in a wet race that was red flagged twice and featured a number of safety car periods.

“You can’t expect a one-two in these conditions,” Wolff said.

“This is what is a real achievement, really tricky conditions, drivers are one and two, a faultless drive from Lewis with the best pace in the field.

“I’m very happy about that result. Maybe the best result of the season.”