No Spanish inquisition but Wolff feels the team’s pain

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the start of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the start of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix

Team boss Toto Wolff did not apportion blame to either of his Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers following the setback in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

World champion Lewis Hamilton started on pole in Barcelona but was soon overtaken by championship leader Nico Rosberg before the two Brackley drivers came together, ending their races on the first lap.

After all the hard work we put in, it was deeply disappointing to come away with no points

Team boss Toto Wolff

Stewards ruled no further action would be taken against either driver after it was deemed a racing incident.

Wolff said: “After all the hard work we put in, it was deeply disappointing to come away with no points. But in my opinion it was a racing incident, with the drivers racing for position, and I don’t want to start blaming one or the other.

“Lewis and Nico are upset and we talked with them, looking at the pictures and the data, to determine exactly what happened.

“By letting the drivers race as we do, this kind of eventuality can happen but we won’t change our approach, we owe it to Formula One and the fans to let them race.

“But it was the work of the whole team that finished in the gravel trap and this isn’t what we want to see happen. Both of the boys know how much hard work goes into each race weekend and that they have the responsibility to bring that home.

“We have matured as a team over the past years, so we will be able to move on from this and, hopefully, fight back in a positive way in Monaco.”