Wolff aiming to improve 'unacceptable' reliability

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his squad must improve its reliability as he fears the world championship fight between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could be decided by a retirement.

Rosberg abandoned his Singapore Grand Prix due to a steering column wiring loom failure, while Hamilton went on to claim the victory and the points lead.

Wolff fears that further problems could rob one driver of the opportunity to claim the 2014 crown.

"We have a great reliability team - a group of people who are really dedicated to quality and, considering that fact, it is even more astonishing that are continuing to have those issues," he said.

"I guess the whole group needs to get a grip until we stop suffering failures as, of course it is unacceptable. I think there have been four of them now and it [a title-deciding failure] is something that would not be satisfying at all.

"We don't want to have the spin in there that one car let the driver down, so we need to refocus, get our heads down, keep concentrating and find out what we can do to prevent failures and reliability problems.

"If we could do anything more to stop unreliability we would do it - I would break my arm again to stop the unreliability," Wolff added, referring back to a cycling accident in the summer in which he sustained injuries.


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