Mercedes F1 team says its drivers must continue to share data

Mercedes insists it will not change its policy of allowing its drivers to look at each other's data, despite the likelihood that they will be fighting for the Formula 1 title

Mercedes F1 team says its drivers must continue to share data

Lewis Hamilton revealed in Bahrain that gains he had made in Malaysia in terms of extracting better tyre life and fuel use had been wiped away after Nico Rosberg carefully studied his telemetry.

Although such a policy may fuel some tensions going forward, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has made it clear that his team will not allow any barriers to come down between the two sides of the garage.

"The open information policy is something that we will always continue to have," said Wolff.

"It is a rule that both sides of the garage are open and transparent with each other.

"But, we have to be realistic. They [the drivers] have to try to find the edge, and maybe they will hold a little bit back until the last bit of the qualifying session, which is absolutely normal.

Rosberg and Hamilton's hidden F1 warzone

"But there will be no such thing as working on your side of the garage and not sharing that information, because both drivers know where the team have come from.

"We are in a very lucky position that we are able to be in front at the moment and we want to maintain that spirit and philosophy."

Hamilton has vowed to go away from Bahrain and study what Rosberg did to get the edge in pace terms at Sakhir.

Rosberg himself reckons that complete transparency of data is the best way forward to prevent problems developing.

"Everything is open," he said. "Everything can be seen and everything can be found. The thing is that there is so much [data] that you will never be able to see everything.

"We spend so much time in that engineering room, optimising every single detail that there is no way the other guy is going to be able to follow everything.

"You find bits and pieces all the time, but there is too much. So it is everything on the table and it has to be like that of course."

Got a burning question about Formula 1 for our technical consultant GARY ANDERSON?

He'll be answering readers' questions again in a pre-Chinese Grand Prix 'Ask Gary' next week. Either post your question to him on the AUTOSPORT Facebook page or tweet @autosport with the hashtag #askgaryf1

shares
comments
Could F1 thrill every single time?

Previous article

Could F1 thrill every single time?

Next article

New evidence boosts Red Bull Formula 1 team's fuel-flow appeal

New evidence boosts Red Bull Formula 1 team's fuel-flow appeal
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021