Monaco GP: Toto Wolff says Nico Rosberg accusations are ludicrous
|By Jonathan Noble and Matt Beer||Saturday, May 24th 2014, 14:51 GMT|
Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff says suggestions that Nico Rosberg deliberately caused the incident that denied team-mate Lewis Hamilton a shot at Monaco Grand Prix pole are "bulls***".
Rosberg's pole is currently under investigation - although the Mercedes team has yet to be summoned by the stewards - after he prompted yellow flags by sliding down the Mirabeau escape road on his final flying lap.
The yellows meant Hamilton backed off and abandoned his lap, which had been slightly faster than Rosberg's at the first split, leaving the Briton second on the grid behind his team-mate.
Despite the investigation and Hamilton's refusal to answer direct questions over whether he thought Rosberg had tried to disrupt his pole bid, Wolff insisted the matter was a non-story.
"Did he say that?" he replied when told that Hamilton might suspect the incident was deliberate.
"I don't think that anybody does that [deliberately crash] in modern day Formula 1.
"He missed his braking and he took the exit. There is no more to add.
"I know you guys want a spicy, controversial story, but it's all bulls***."
Wolff denied that the matter would stoke tension between his drivers, who are engaged in a private battle for the 2014 F1 title.
"I think if you are P2 and your team-mate is P1 there is no reason to be happy," he said of Hamilton's demeanour.
"We'd like to have two happy drivers. But if you have two drivers who are as competitive as they are then every weekend is going to be a case of one being happy and the other unhappy.
"I'm 1001 per cent happy and happy that I'm controlling them to be happy.
"It'll be no problem to manage the drivers. Lewis is super-fine in the debrief."
He played down the significance of Rosberg reversing back towards the track, saying that it was irrelevant as his mistake had brought out yellows regardless.
"I don't know if he reversed on track, but qualifying had finished anyway," said Wolff. "There was yellow flags, so the session was finished."