AN ANGRY WOLFF Toto Wolff is considering team orders after the latest incident between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic
Austria - Mercedes may issue team orders to stop its battling drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg smashing into one another again, boss Toto Wolff warned following the 2016 Austrian GP.
Speaking in the bitter aftermath of the last-lap crash that saw Rosberg damage his car and limp home in fourth, as Hamilton passed him to secure a dramatic Austrian GP, team chief Wolff struggled with his emotions.
Clearly angry at seeing another collision - the pair crashed out together from the 2016 Spanish GP earlier this season - and concerned at the prospects of more self-inflicted setbacks in the championship, he said talking to the drivers had not worked.
Wolff said: "Cars colliding seems like deja vu for us and it is absolutely not what we want. We are looking like a bunch of idiots and it is disrespectful to 1500 people (at Mercedes) who work their nuts off to prepare the cars and this is why it needs to end."
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Wolff continued: "It seems that talking doesn't bring us any further, so we need to think about all possible solutions and go as far as implementing the not-very-popular team orders.
"This is on the table now. This is what we are going to discuss because maybe it's the only way we can manage the situation. I hate team orders. We owe it to the fans to let them race, but if every race ends up in a collision between team mates, it's not what we want."
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