Are difficult drivers necessary to push a team, or just trouble no one needs.....
Toto Wolff had an internal fight on his hands throughout the 2016 season, a fight that became exponentially worse as the year ran its course.
However, it seems even though Wolff and Mercedes didn’t anticipate the extent of the on track battles, they do still believe it helps keep them dominate and constantly improving.
“Towards the end it was more intense than we would have thought beneficial,” Toto explained.
“What was beneficial at the beginning, that they knew each other for 20 years also meant towards the end that there was lots of baggage carried over and things we weren’t even aware of. With Valtteri the relationship starts at zero.”
Toto then explained despite the odd temper or two car crash, The team are still better with a competitive duo.
“Who would want to settle for second best just for the easiness of a relationship?” Toto Continued.
“You always want the best, the two best drivers in the car extracting everything on difficult days, accepting that there will be controversy at times and that the way the best ones are calibrated can cause bumps on the way”
“The best ones are all not easy. This makes them the best”
“After four years we have got to know each other and we kind of get the vibes. We are on this journey together and most of our objectives are aligned most of the time but not always – and we recognise that. We respect him as an individual, we respect him as a personality and we respect him as a racing driver.”