Toto Wolff has reacted to the spectacular collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes manager, has questioned Max Verstappen’s driving after the Dutchman clashed with title challenger Lewis Hamilton multiple times during Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The most dramatic incident occurred late in the race, when Verstappen was ordered to yield position after retaining the lead on Lap 36 of 50 after going off at Turn 1 in a clash with Hamilton.
Verstappen slowed down the back straight into the final corner, catching Hamilton off guard and crashing into the Red Bull’s rear.
Both drivers, unsurprisingly, expressed differing viewpoints and were summoned to the stewards as a result of the incident.
“I don’t think this is done yet”
The race was won by Hamilton, who finished ahead of Verstappen, putting the two on a point-by-point tie going into the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
“I don’t think this is done yet,” Wolff said to post-race reporters ahead of the drivers’ visit to the stewards.
“The result at the end, winning the race, I think he [Hamilton] deserved it.
“We could have been out a few times with a broken front wing and I don’t want to now have dirty laundry in here but… that was spectacular, but not a good race.
“What the telemetry shows is that he’s [Verstappen] slowing down, then accelerating again and then slowing down.”
When asked if Hamilton was aware that Verstappen would pass him, Wolff replied: “He didn’t know and I think the wrong sequence of messages came through there.”
“It needs to be a fair race”
Wolff went on to say that all he wants is for the World Championships to be decided fairly this year.
“It’s really the driving that needs to be assessed and looked at. It’s hard, very hard, maybe over the line hard,” he said.
“We just want to have a clean championship. May the best man win, and if it’s Max at the end, then I have peace with that – it needs to be a fair race.”
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