Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas recall Toto Wolff’s angriest moments at Mercedes

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After admitting he seriously considered stopping Lewis Hamilton from racing during heated moments on track with former team-mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has now been outed by his current drivers who have shared his ‘angriest moments’.

Hamilton and Rosberg were team-mates over four turbulent years at Mercedes, with Rosberg eventually beating Hamilton to the Formula One world title in 2016 and then promptly retiring.

And Wolff revealed to Jake Humphrey on his High Performance Podcast that he felt the relationship between Hamilton and Rosberg ‘didn’t get the best’ out of both drivers, and wouldn’t be something he’d allow again under his watch.

“In the events of 2014, I felt there was some selfish behaviour. I said the next time you come close to the other car, your team-mate, you think about the Mercedes brand. You think about single individuals in the team,” Wolff said.

“You’re not going to put your team-mate into the wall.

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“You’re not going to put your team-mate into the wall.

“I always made clear that if this was going to happen regularly and there was a pattern, I have no fear in making somebody miss races.”

And speaking on a team video, Hamilton recalls a few heated moments between the pair that led to boiling point for Wolff.

“The angriest I ever seen Toto, it would have been one of the times Nico and I crashed into each other,” said Hamilton.

“Barcelona,” Bottas quickly replied.

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The Finn was referring to the time Hamilton and Rosberg dramatically clashed on the opening lap of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix from the front of the grid, ending both their races after just a handful of corners.

“Probably Barcelona’s the angriest he ever got,” replied Hamilton, to which Bottas responded: “Was he, like, fuming?”

“Yeah! Definitely saw bald patches he pulled out of his hair, had to get some turf and grow it back,” laughed Hamilton.

Bottas meanwhile recalled one of their worst weekends in motorsport during the German GP in 2019, where both drivers struggled during a rain-affected race

Hamilton finished 11th from pole position, being promoted to ninth post-race.

Bottas crashed out of the race while chasing down third place, however it was even more embarrassing for the team – who had dressed up to celebrate their 125th anniversary competing in the sport, and their 200th F1 start, with retro uniforms and a one-off livery.

“He wasn’t so happy in Germany 2019,” remembered Bottas.

“I was going to get at least some points, and then I shunted. We were all wearing these special outfits and I remember… Toto said after the race that that’s the last time we’re going to play carnival at a race weekend.”

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