Mercedes: Polarised drivers positive for brand

By on Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says the polarised personalities of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is positive for the squad, though accepts it must be understanding of their respective "idiosyncrasies."

Hamilton and Rosberg have raced alongside each other at Mercedes since the start of 2013, with the Briton delivering titles in 2014 and 2015, allied to Constructors' crowns for the outfit.

The pair will continue to race together until at least 2018, following Rosberg's recent contract extension, and appear well set to deliver both titles for Mercedes once more this season.

"We wanted to keep the drivers despite all the difficulties," said Wolff.

"Both of them are competing for the world championship and are both in a league of their own, which is an unusual situation.

"We are in the fourth year with the two drivers, and so far, no team has ever succeeded in keeping two alpha males together for so long. We can allow ourselves to be a little proud of that.

""Thanks to the guys" is what they say after every race. But the drivers' title is what's important to them and we know that.

"We definitely want to have aggressive drivers like them in the car, so we must also accept their idiosyncrasies.

"Both drivers polarise. Such drivers are good for the brand and keep Mercedes hip."

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