Mercedes Executive Director, Toto Wolff insists there is no internal power struggle with former World Champion Niki Lauda.
A reshuffle within the team pre-season has led to tensions within the team and Lauda was rumoured to be challenging for a high position in the team. But in an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper, Wolff made it clear that this was not the case.
“I am going to use Niki’s words to say that is the biggest bullsh*t I have ever heard.”
However there is also a rumoured uprising against Brawn who has managed the team since it bore his name in 2009. After Malaysia, both Lauda and Wolff loudly criticised Brawn’s decision to force Rosberg to stay behind slower team-mate Lewis Hamilton who was occupying the final podium position.
“From a sporting point of view, team orders are an absurdity. I speak as a fan, as a sportsman, as a race car driver.”
But he understood why the team made the call, “From the team’s point of view, you need to make sure you don’t throw away the team result. If we had let Lewis and Nico race each other, we would certainly have had fuel problems with both cars. We knew this and so we used the team order. We did it because we didn’t want to look like idiots in the end”.