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Webber questions Mercedes’ future after Spa bust-up

Aug 29, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Mark Webber AP

Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has become the latest figure to question what direction Mercedes can head in following the fall-out between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.

After a dispute over team orders in Hungary, Rosberg went into the race weekend at Spa looking to “prove a point”, and refused to back out of an overtaking move on Hamilton on the second lap of the race, leaving the Briton with a puncture. Rosberg finished second whilst Hamilton retired, allowing the German to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 29 points.

In a post-race debrief, Rosberg admitted that he could have backed out of the move and chose not to, leaving team bosses fuming. However, he has now accepted the blame in a meeting held today in England.

For Webber, the team must rein its drivers back in to ensure that another on-track clash does not happen.

“Now we have a very difficult situation at Mercedes where the drivers are not enjoying a good relationship,” he explained on Red Bull’s in-house TV channel, Servus.

“It’s going to be interesting, not just for the rest of this year but can they drive together in the future? Is it okay for 2015 for the team to have the two guys together?

“The thing is, who is now going to try to put this back together? Is it the people who pay Niki’s and Toto’s wages? Because at the end of the day, if the drivers are not listening to these guys, do they have to say, ‘Lewis and Nico, you go chat to the big guys at Mercedes, because they’re paying you guys to get the job done in a team environment.’

“At the moment it’s not a team, it looks like the drivers are doing their own thing.”

  1. indycarseries500 - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    ….because Webber was such a good team player.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Actually Webber was the consummate team player until he got screwed over by his own team and ass clown Vettel for 2+ years. Never has any team in history been so unscrupulous, bias and evil as Red B.S. Racing in the years that Webber was driving for them. They continue their unscrupulous practices even today having been caught cheating multiple times this year with the fuel flow.

    As far as Mercedes goes, they are at fault for allowing Hammy to constantly run Rosberg off the track when he had a faster car, newer tires and was able to pass Hammy. In addition Hammy constantly ignores team orders be it with McLaren (which is why Alonso left) or with Mercedes. Hammy is a dirtbag for a person and he believes he’s entitled. That attitude is what has caused the problems at Mercedes (and McLaren). Rosberg sent a clear memo. Hammy and the team received the memo. Now we need to see if it will all come to tears because the team can’t control Hammy. If Hammy can’t drive cleanly and fairly then he deserves what he gets.

  3. barrylibby - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Do not confuse “team orders” with team “preference” .

  4. shotgunzoom - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Have agree with you somewhat Meister, about redbull. They set the car up for Vittel at Webber’s expense. I do also believe that Vittel was the stronger driver. Webber wasn’t lighting the world on fire before Seb came on board.

    Barry, I think we are of like mind when it comes to preferential treatment. LH is an alpha, NR might be one. If and when he finally moves we’ll see if winning follows. I remain skeptical, yet open minded.

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