The season finale of Formula 1 is dangerously approaching a stadium atmosphere that is not good for the sport. Comments (and gestures) not only uttered by the fans, but also by people who have great responsibilities within the teams that are playing the titles, Mercedes And Red Bull. While Toto Wolff had defiantly aimed the camera at Race Director Michael Masi in Brazil, Red Bull councilor Helmut Marko had openly talked about it after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. unfair treatment by the commissioners.
Wolff, as Mercedes team principal, wanted to answer: “You have to brainstorm enough to find one thing that didn’t work in Verstappen’s favor in Saudi Arabia. In Brazil we suffered a severe penalty, we started from the last position in the Sprint Qualifying. Who would have thought we could reassemble? I think Lewis could have scored and won the short race, and that would have been very valuable three points“, Said the Austrian CEO Autosport. “Someone will always be unhappy with decisions. I’m trying to be fair and try again to look at the episodes with some common sense“.
After the race in Jeddah, Marko had addressed the commissioners in this way, then making a partial backtrack yesterday: “Hamilton said Verstappen set a trap for him by braking in front of him, but that’s absolutely not true. Hamilton hit Verstappen, causing two cuts to the rear tire, so we had to cut power and Max could neither defend nor attack. In addition, on the occasion of the restart he left more than ten cars between himself and Verstappen to let our driver’s tires cool down. Vettel in Hungary has been penalized for this in the past. Then, Hamilton also pushed Verstappen off the track. We don’t feel treated in the same way as Mercedes by the Race Direction“.
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