With the Japanese Grand Prix only four days away, all eyes are on Mercedes as their executive director, Toto Wolff, struggles to hold the team together. We all remember the Senna and Prost days at McLaren harking back 25 years ago. Since then, there has not been such a powerful and public internal struggle until now.
When they were 12 and battling on the go karting tracks, Hamilton and Rosberg had a formidable rivalry brewing. However, the extent to which it has grown in recent months has been disproportionate creating a volatile atmosphere- one mistake in the heat of the moment and Mercedes could find themselves out of pole position. With this in mind, Wolff will be doing his best to ensure that at least one of them crosses the line intact and in front.
In an interview with the BBC Wolff summarised that, “These boys have been calibrated their whole life that their main priority is to win the drivers’ championship in F1. And here they go – they are in the same car, competing against each other for that trophy and one is going to win and one is going to fail. This is a new experience for them – a difficult experience maybe.”
“Difficult” indeed as the F1 Championship is nearing its end: the dates for the last 6 GPs can be seen below. With the competition in its closing stages, every race, every corner, every manoeuvre counts. Whatever the outcome, Hamilton and Rosberg are responsible for one of the most highly anticipated Championships in the last 25 years.