No favourites at Mercedes - Wolff

Sunday 31-August-2014 08:48

Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff maintains that neither Nico Rosberg nor Lewis Hamilton will be favoured during the reminder of the season, as the pair battle for the Drivers' Championship title.

Rosberg was spared on-track punishment over the collision that ultimately led to Hamilton's retirement at Spa last week, but Wolff confirmed that the team took "suitable disciplinary measures" against the German.

While Wolff refused to divulge the details of said disciplinary measures, it is believes that the Drivers' Championship leader was hit with a massive financial penalty.

Furthermore, both Rosberg and Hamilton were warned that further indiscipline for the remainder of the season won't be tolerated.

Following his second place finish in Belgium, Rosberg has opened up a 29-point gap over Hamilton with seven races on the calendar remaining, but despite the German's advantage, Wolff ruled favouring the one driver over the other.

"Both drivers are racing at the absolute limit against each other, and we are not going to interfere in the race result, or pre-agree any race result. This is not what we will ever do," Wolff told Press Association Sport.

"When the racing happens we need to react sometimes, but we will not pre-agree in favour of one or the other. This is not what we do.

"The team discussed at length what the consequences [of the incident at Spa] could be.

"But there is one thing we stand for at Mercedes-Benz, and this is racing, straight and fair racing, and we remain committed to that.

"The drivers have to respect each other, and this is what they do.

"But you can never expect to avoid a bumpy ride when you have two drivers from the same team in a World Championship fight."

The Mercedes boss also revealed that a meeting took place at their headquarters on Friday to discuss the way forward following the concerning result at Spa.

Wolff, both drivers and Executive Technical Director Paddy Lowe were all present at the meeting.

"The meeting reminded us again of the circumstances and that the outcome was unacceptable and painful," Wolff added.

"But considering what happened (at Spa) was not a satisfactory situation at all, the meeting was professional and I think the outcome was okay.

"Sometimes you need situations like this to clear the air, to enable us to move forward stronger as a team with clear rules.

"Just to add, we didn't oblige or force Nico to make an apology. It was his decision. He said he had looked at things and that was what he had decided."

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