Wolff adamant Mercedes would never risk safety

By on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the team would never risk the safety of its drivers after its tyre pressures were discovered to be too low prior to the Italian Grand Prix.

Mercedes was reported to the stewards post-race after the technical delegate recorded the left rear tyre as 0.3 PSI below the 19.5 PSI limit on Lewis Hamilton's car and 1.1 underneath on Nico Rosberg's car, when measured on the grid.

The stewards deemed that Mercedes' tyres met the requirements when the cars left the garage and were subsequently cleared of wrongdoing.

"We had to manage the situation with the stewards after the race, although we were confident that we had acted correctly throughout and followed the guidance from Pirelli," Wolff said.

"As Mercedes-Benz, our number one priority is to operate our car within the prescribed safety limits and this is not something we would ever take a chance on.

"Indeed, we worked very closely with Pirelli since Spa to help define these limits for the race weekend in Monza, and we saw that there were no problems in a very high-speed, hard-fought race; my compliments go to Pirelli for the job they have done in Monza."

Rosberg's weekend was compromised when his new specification power unit was damaged and he had to revert back to an old specification, which had already completed several races.

Rosberg dropped to sixth at the start but recovered to third place when his engine failed with three laps to go, leaving him 53 points behind Hamilton in the championship.

Wolff admits that Mercedes could have been more conservative during the final few laps.

"Nico climbed back through the field thanks to strong pace and some great work on the pit wall, when he made an aggressive early stop to undercut both Williams cars in front of him - with a great stop from the boys," he said.

"That put him in free air and he started a long charge to hunt down [Sebastian] Vettel in front.

"Second looked possible and Nico was pushing hard to close in - we pushed the power unit very hard and, in hindsight, too far for the high mileage it had.

"It's a bitter pill to lose a podium finish just three laps from the end and with second in your sights."

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