Wolff: Coming down hard on the team not necessary

Date published: June 3 2016

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has claimed that there is no need for him to come down hard on the team after having troubles at almost every race so far.

Despite leading the Championship race, Mercedes have been having constant reliability issues throughout the season, especially with Lewis Hamilton's car.

With their reputation as the best team on the grid, Wolff understands that it is a problem that must be rectified but claims that it is not necessary to single out and blame a particular person for the issues.

He also added that he would rather encourage and support the team while also using the issues as a learning curve for the future.

"This car, the engine, everything you see is the product of humans and those humans have made us win God knows how many races and two championships; two constructors and two driver championships," the Austrian explained.

"These are the best guys, I wouldn't want to work with anybody else and we are going through a tough time.

"I want to continue like we did in the past, we are not blaming any person but we are trying to identify the root cause of the problem and then try to not make the mistake again, and that is very important.

"That would be so easy in these circumstances, go in, apply huge pressure, give somebody a bollocking and then hope it's going to work out – it's not how it's working.

"You need to empower them and support them, more in these circumstances than the opposite and I expect the same from doctor [Dieter] Zetsche and he does exactly that.

"It's the same people on the cars, in the garage, in the factory that have worked on the cars and the engine for like the last three years, so there is no change and there is no change in mentality. It is a very unfortunate number of events we've had and in the end it's going to make us stronger."