he very successful todays "serious comment but forgetting the huge amount of irony" award goes to
They used to have one called Williams I remember.Toto fancies a Mercedes B team, such as Ferrari now have with Sauber:
This is now known as the Couthard definition whereby a slower car should under no circumstances hold up a faster one if the slower car is not in the championship hunt. I.E. Ricciardo leading the race in a knackered car holding up Vettel is absolutely fine. Ocon in a Force India (regardless of engine contracts etc) holding up Hamilton for 5th place, oh no, not fine.“It was pointless to fight with him, especially as he had new tyres.”
I wonder if he'll have a different opinion if he's in third place with a lap or two to go and has Hamilton or Botty breathing down his neck?Asked if there was an ‘unwritten rule’ that Mercedes-powered Force India were not to make things difficult for the Silver Arrows, Ocon answered: “Maybe.”
The only thing that makes me wonder about this being actually true is that Wolff is normally very very political in the way he responds to these sorts of questions. It doesn't sound like a Wolff response. Lauda on the other hand would have something like that.Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure then got confirmation from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff that Ocon had been ordered to move aside.
“Yes, because that’s the way it is,” Wolff simply said.
All those freebies, hospitality and 'exclusives' they butter up the mainstream media with really come in handy for this sort of thing. Let's face it Sky F1 virtually live in the Mercedes hospitality area.As it is, I've looked around the interweb-a-me-bob and none of the more major F1 outlets are reporting this or are in any way up in arms about it so it looks like nothing is going to happen.