Wolff says Hamilton/Rosberg moment was 'hard'

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has labelled the latest coming-together between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as a 'hard manoeuvre'.

Wolff says Hamilton/Rosberg moment was 'hard'
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid locks up under braking
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and team mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid at the start of the race
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 in the FIA Press Conference
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid make contact in Turn 1
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 battle for position at the start ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 and the rest of the field
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H leads Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 and the rest of the field at the start

Having seen Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel leapfrog both his drivers away from the line at the Canadian Grand Prix, Wolff then suffered further disappointment as Hamilton and Rosberg banged wheels.

The incident, which Hamilton put down to excessive understeer caused by cold tyres, forced Rosberg wide and he had to cut across the run-off area before rejoining the track.

Coming just two races after Rosberg and Hamilton collided at the Spanish Grand Prix, Wolff said there was a certain frustration that he was again having to describe an incident.

"It was a hard manoeuvre," explained Wolff. "Lewis said he had an understeer, and that is what I would say! From the team's perspective, starting one and two and you come out of Turn 1, two and nine - that is not pleasant.

"I have a deja vu. We are having these discussions after every race..."

Wolff did concede, however, that Rosberg was always going to be in a difficult position having put himself at the mercy of Hamilton at Turn 1.

"The question is how much you can manage it from the outside," he said. "Turn 1 in Canada is a difficult one and there is a concrete run off are.

"If there was a wall there you wouldn't have the issue, but if you have the inside you dictate the line."

Warning messages

Wolff said that Rosberg's incident at Turn 1 had led to debris getting lodged in various bits of the car – which led to complications with overheating that later prompted dashboard warnings.

"Nico had probably every warning you can have on the dash," he said. "When he ran wide at Turn 1 on the grass, we think it blocked some of the cooling.

"So he had warnings for the calipers, discs and gearbox. Then it settled a bit and then at the end the fuel issue came on top.

"This is distracting for the driver. He was asking if it was for real, but we never went over the limits where the engine could have taken a hit. So it was manageable."

Speaking about Rosberg's late-race spin, Wolff said: "Nico was marginal on fuel so had to back off and then come back and Verstappen was defending very well. It was a late braking and then he lost the car."

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