Wolff in two minds after Monaco GP

Date published: May 29 2016

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that he doesn’t know whether to be happy or sad as both of his drivers had two contrasting races.

On one side, he is delighted that World Champion Lewis Hamilton was able to claim his 44th victory at the Monaco Grand Prix. On the other side, he is disappointed that Nico Rosberg finished in a lowly P7 because of performance problems.

During the early stages of the race, Wolff requested that Rosberg yield for Hamilton as the German was lacking the pace to keep up with Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who also started on pole.

When quizzed about the order he issued, the Austrian explained it was a tough decision to make but it was definitely the right call as it proved to be a success.

"It was like he had a damaged car; this is why we made the call," explained Wolff.

"We debated [making the call] for quite a long time, because it's not what we've done in the past. But it was clear that there was a problem on the car.

"First we told him to pick up the pace, if he was capable of doing that, and if not, to let Lewis by, so a lap later we gave him the call to let him by and he did it.

"Nico had a scrappy pit-stop and the car didn't have any pace, so for him, all the bad luck came in one race, which is why he only finished seventh.

"We are extremely delighted and happy for Lewis that he won the race in that manner, which is just at the right moment, but equally it was such a bad race for Nico.

"I'm in two minds [about the Grand Prix]."