Coulthard doesn’t understand much about Wolff: ‘What do those statements do to the entire company?’

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Coulthard doesn't understand much about Wolff: 'What do those statements do to the entire company?'

David Coulthard does not understand Toto Wolff’s statements after the first two race weekends of the season. Mercedes’ Austrian team boss has made no secret of his views on the W14 concept, but Coulthard thinks it could be demotivating for the people in the team. In addition to Wolff, Lewis Hamilton is also not pleased with the W14. Coulthard sees that the driver cannot bring his talent to the fore in the current Mercedes car.

Mercedes’ dominance over the past eight years now seems to be gone. According to Coulthard, this dominance is precisely the crux of the story. “Success is a bad teacher,” the former Formula 1 driver tells Channel 4. “When you win, everyone pats each other on the back and thinks: we are geniuses. Mercedes had a clear dominance for several years and now they have a lot of difficulties. Let’s also not forget that they were fighting for the title in 2021 until the last moment.

With the W13, however, Mercedes got off to a bad start. Now that the W14 is also not working as it should, the German racing stable is considering a concept change. “Now the finger is being pointed with an admonition. Toto has always had a very open and sincere approach, but when you are in a difficult situation you sometimes have to hold back. If the leader isn’t so sure, what does that do to the whole company? After one race? Why do you have to make excuses after one race? Give it half a season before you do that.”

Coulthard: ‘Hamilton seems to be a passenger’

In addition to Wolff, Hamilton has also been very critical of the Mercedes car. “He’s always had his heart on his sleeve and that’s one of the great things about Lewis. He literally says: this car doesn’t talk to me, I drive it because I know how to drive a race car.’ Coulthard therefore does not find it surprising that things are not going well for the seven-time world champion. “It’s really telling that we know Lewis can do extraordinary things, but at the moment he seems to be just a passenger,” said the Scot.

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