Sunday, December 5, 2021

After races in Brazil "Absolute mess" – Mercedes boss is raging on TV

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Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes the next victory and kept the title race open. But team boss Toto Wolff had a need to talk after the Brazil race – and vented his anger.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff sharply criticized the Formula 1 race management at the São Paulo Grand Prix. The Austrian was upset on Sunday that a defensive maneuver by Max Verstappen in the Red Bull against Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was not punished. It was an “absolute mess not to get a penalty for being pushed out,” Wolff complained on TV channel Sky.

On lap 48, Hamilton was able to almost pass by on the outside, but Verstappen left him no space. Both pilots raced over the curb. The stewards made a note of the incident but did not consider an investigation to be necessary. Hamilton later overtook Verstappen anyway. “He drives sensationally with the knife between his teeth”, praised Wolff the Dutchman and said: “But if you do it, you have to expect a five-second penalty.”

To dismiss the maneuver as a racing incident and “wipe under the carpet is actually embarrassing for the race management,” said Wolff. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, however, said: “The two fight hard, there is no contact between the two. I have no problem with that.”

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