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Toto: “We are in the fourth year with the two drivers, and so far, no team has ever succeeded in keeping two alpha males together for so Long”

Toto: “We are in the fourth year with the two drivers, and so far, no team has ever succeeded in keeping two alpha males together for so Long”

Toto, Mercedes-AMG's home race takes place this weekend at Hockenheim. Does that constitute an additional pressure for you?

Toto Wolff: We can be very pleased with the first half of the season in the face of strong competition, but our opponents will do everything they can to beat us in our home race at Hockenheim, which does increase the pressure. If we were to finish a race third or fourth, then that would be tantamount to a disaster. Therefore, we must remain grounded. Things might get tougher again for us at some point.

You announced last Friday that you've renewed Nico Rosberg's contract. What was the deciding factor behind that?

Toto Wolff: We wanted to keep the drivers despite all the difficulties. Both of them are competing for the world championship and are both in a league of their own, which is an unusual situation. We are in the fourth year with the two drivers, and so far, no team has ever succeeded in keeping two alpha males together for so long. We can allow ourselves to be a little proud of that. 'Thanks to the guys' is what they say after every race. But the drivers' title is what's important to them and we know that. We definitely want to have aggressive drivers like them in the car, so we must also accept their idiosyncracies.

Both drivers have won lots of races and are now battling for the world championship title for the third consecutive year...

Toto Wolff: Both drivers polarise. Such drivers are good for the brand and keep Mercedes hip. But when they crash into each other, then there's too much tension, and we have to rein them in, because they are responsible for the whole team – for around 1,500 members of staff who do everything they can to ensure that Lewis and Nico can be successful. They should be fair in the scraps without making contact. And they can both do that quite well as we saw recently in Hungary on the first lap.

  • Formel 1 - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Großer Preis von Ungarn 2016. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg ;

    Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Hungarian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg;

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