For those of you who don’t use twitter, here is a Q&A Toto Wolff did on Tuesday, in the aftermath of the Monaco GP
Q: Ray Armstrong @thearmstrongs79
@MercedesAMGF1 Just wondering after the race on Sunday did Toto or Paddy speak to Lewis about what happened or was best left alone.
TW: I spoke to him just after the race. But it’s best to let it calm down for a day or two. #AskToto
Q: Fiona Lockwood @FELockwood
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto lf Lewis now loses the championship by 10 points or less how will this look/be dealt with? #MonacoGP
TW: It would not look good but this is motor racing. Lewis has our 100% support #AskToto
Q: chris @chrisrmooney
@MercedesAMGF1 if Lewis passed vettel would you have asked nico to let Hamilton pass?
TW: Very good question. It would have been a very tough call to make #AskToto
Q: Dominika W. #TeamLH @mynameisdomii
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Is that true that you have part of your family from Poland? Or do you have polish origin? 🙂 Greetings from Poland!?
TW: Yes, my mother comes from Poland and i have a lot of family in Bielsko. I actually speak a little Polish too.
Q: ollie curtis @MuchCurtis
@MercedesAMGF1 did anyone loose their job on Sunday? ?? #AskToto
TW: Absolutely not. We’re a World Championship team and we are not playing a blame game based on a single race.
Q: vicky gajjar @vickygajjar92
@MercedesAMGF1 #Ask Toto was that deliberate mistake to make the race towards championship interesting?
TW: Would we ever do this to the guy leading the Championship with Ferrari a real threat to us? Answer: NO
Q: TeamLH @blidabirdy
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Why was the decision to pit Lewis made in the first place?
TW: We believed we could make a free stop to cover risk of cars behind on SuperSoft. Unfortunately our data was wrong
Q: Sara-Jane Perera @SaraJanePerera
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto do you need to take a more human approach to strategy as every1 watching monaco knew you made wrong call before you
TW: You need the right balance between data and gut feeling. Our tools told us we had the gap but they were wrong
Q: Carol @carolstrach
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Track position is king so why oh why did anyone think pitting Lewis was a good idea?
TW: Under Safety Car you need 12 secs gap to maintain position. Our system showed us that we had that gap.
Q: Clare Boswell @clarebozzy
@MercedesAMGF1 did you not think you should have told Lewis that Nico & seb had not pitted? that would have calmed him #AskToto
TW: Vettel still had an opportunity to stop as he had not caught the Safety Car
Q: Ben Davies @BenBendavies86
@MercedesAMGF1 How do Mercedes AMG feel about the rumours that Lewis was purposely to have a 3 time winner on the team? Ben Davies #AskToto
TW: Whoever would start such rumours needs their head examined.
Q: Michael @MikeyDuncan44
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Why doesn’t Lewis and Nico have their own strategist? Surely the team would get on even better with their own?
TW: Last year proved that we allow our drivers to have a fair and equal fight. Having one strategist allows this.
Q: Jon @mrjon1976
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto do you think that sometimes you can have too many people involved in the decision process, hence the confusion?
TW: We have a strict radio protocol and structure how our decisions are made. This is how we’ve won so many races
Q: Steven Lewis @JEEVES83
@MercedesAMGF1 why didn’t you tell nico to back off to into the first corner when lewis was coming out to get him past Seb? #AskToto
TW: Because Sporting Regs say you cannot drive “unnecessarily slowly” behind the safety car
Q: Marc V COLTELLI @M17MVC
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto what have you done to ensure you don’t have same issues at Montreal like you did last year?
TW: Brakes are always a challenge in Montreal and it will be a key topic for us to solve
Q: David Tran EM360° @EM360Editor
@MercedesAMGF1 What were your key findings in the debriefs since and how will you look to improve strategically for the next races? #AskToto
TW: Improve software, better communication and a spice more common sense
TW: Just to make one thing clear, we’re right in the middle of this and just as frustrated about our mistake as many of you! #AskToto
TW: This is our life, we eat breathe sleep F1
Q: Sam Elliott @SamElliott64
#AskToto @MercedesAMGF1 was Nico a bit sheepish in the debrief after? Bet he couldn’t believe his luck!
TW: Nico showed great sportsmanship and said to the team he could feel their frustration.
Q: tommurray @clickboss1943
@MercedesAMGF1 Can you ever rebuild total trust with Hamilton and the team, after Monaco debacle, lost him the win?
TW: Trust is a key value within our team. One race doesn’t tip that over
Q: Francky @Frk_C
@MercedesAMGF1 #askToto : Ferrari is still clearly behind but do you think they can close all the gap this year and be a real threat?
TW: They can be a real threat and we percieve them as a real threat. You can never be complacent #AskToto
Q: Violet Cosford @VioletCx
@MercedesAMGF1 Are you happy with the way the team has handled the aftermath of the situation on Sunday? #AskToto
TW: We’re not happy about the situation itself & therefore there was no such thing as happiness about that incident
Q: nik pole @nikpole
@MercedesAMGF1 was there input from @LewisHamilton on whether to stop or not? Post race interview appeared to suggest there was #AskToto
TW: We told him to stay out and Lewis said “not good” & that the tyres had lost temperature (1/2)
TW: (2/2) We had one second to react and, combined with our wrong timing data, we made the mistake of calling him in #AskToto
Q: Mtc Chi @Mtc2211
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto good intentions aside, how do you manage the conflict of interests within the team? Do you understand fans’ concern?
TW: When two drivers fight for the championship, there is intense competition. We manage it transparently with them
Q: Merc F1™ Fans @MercF1Fans
@MercedesAMGF1 #AskToto Did the VSC have an impact on the mis-judgement?
TW: No. The decision was made one lap later.
Q: #WatchaReading @yourKOOB
@MercedesAMGF1 Q1/2: Why were the guys in the pit lane if there was no intention to pit thus bluffing your teammate? #AskToto
TW: You put the guys out sometimes to cover a potential late call
Q: Claire Ravenwood @button_rose1985
@MercedesAMGF1 ru bored of your “fans” asking stupid ?s bout “sabotage” when it was clearly just a wrong decision in heat of race #AskToto
TW: Criticism is OK but we have no respect for dumb comments or abuse
Q: Fibo Pascal @fibopascal
@MercedesAMGF1 I think you don’t get how massive a mistake you made. If you had the right gap you still should not have risked a pit stop!
TW: It’s true, there’s almost no overtaking in Monaco. But Ricciardo took Super Softs and overtook Kimi.
TW: Thank you to all of you that have shown great support for the team. It makes us even stronger for the future