Wolff happy to turn things around


Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff feels his team's flawless performance in Montreal proves they are not a "bunch of idiots".

The Brackley-based squad's hierarchy came under heavy criticism after their decision to pit Lewis Hamilton following the deployment of the Safety Car in Monaco backfired.

Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg went on to win the race on the streets of Monte Carlo as he didn't pit while Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished second.

Wolff and company held up their hand after the incident and admitted they "got it wrong", but they got it "very right" at the Canadian Grand Prix over the weekend with Hamilton leading home another 1-2 for the team.

"I must say that after Monaco it was very difficult for the team to handle that situation after the massive media hype," he told the official Formula 1 website.

"We were exposed to massive criticism. It looked as if all the previous race wins and both title wins of 2014 were suddenly forgotten and a bunch of idiots were managing the team. The result makes that all a thing of the past."

It was another close battle between Hamilton and Rosberg at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and there were concerns at one stage as both drivers had to save fuel.

"We didn't want to interfere – we wanted them to fight it out on the track – but on the other hand we have to make sure that the car survives," he said.

"At a certain stage of the race we had more than a thirty-second gap to Bottas but had high temperatures in the brakes of one car and were marginal on fuel with the other, so we discussed how to keep the key parameters under control.

"That was a bit of a tense situation, but in no way more tense than at other races this season."