Toto Wolff was left immensely disheartened at the end of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi where he saw Max Verstappen walk away with all the glory, after previous Race Director, Michael Masi changed the whole tide of the Championship with a controversial decision.
Toto Wolff has admitted that he still thinks of that cursed evening every day, however, despite all the shenanigans, the Austrian has revealed that he has accepted Max Verstappen as the Champion.
The season-defining final race of the 2021 season is still fresh in the hearts of F1 fans all over the World and the same is the case with Wolff who was at ground zero when the chaos was happening in Abu Dhabi.
Nicholas Latifi went into the barriers and triggered a safety car under which Michael Masi decided to play around with the FIA rules that ultimately led to Verstappen coming out on top on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 2021 Championship result still hurts the Mercedes team Principal very much, but as time has passed, the 50-year-old has made peace with it.
Toto Wolff’s take on the whole Abu Dhabi fiasco of 2021
In Abu Dhabi last year, Mercedes managed to win the Constructors title, however, to everyone’s surprise, Lewis Hamilton lost out on his record-breaking eighth World title.
Wolff while dwelling over the disappointment said, “I think about it every day.“
“But I accepted that Max won the championship because he is a champion who deserves what he got.”
“As it turned out, look, I think I have important values like fairness, and in particular sporting fairness, and that’s what gave birth to my love of the sport.”
“Unfortunately, on that particular day, this value was kicked down.”
Wolff who presented himself as a highly frustrated figure at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has now managed to get his head around everything that occurred that day and believes that Max Verstappen got what he deserved.
Just like Lewis Hamilton, the 24-year-old did a superb season behind the wheel of the Red Bull, and Wolff appreciates how well Max was able to handle the pressure of going up against the former 7-time F1 World Champion.