The 2021 formula 1 season Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ending the dominant championship run Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton had over the years stealing the F1 world title by overtaking him in the last lap of season finisher in Abu Dhabi. A controversial unlapping decision from race director Michael Masi allowed Max Verstappen to secure the title taking advantage of his new tyres over Lewis Hamilton who led majority of the race.
Following the loss which divides the entire F1 world Lewis Hamilton and team Mercedes was left speechless a furious Toto Wolff and team Mercedes protested the decision before the stewards which got rejected. The silver arrows them decided to appeal against the decision but this was latter scrapped after reportedly consulting with Lewis Hamilton. But the team didn’t fallback from calling out FIA to take strong action against officials concerned and investigate the matter. Mercedes Manger Toto Wolf has now come forth demanding actions from the authorities.
Find out what Toto Wolff said
Toto Wolff said he expects actions from FIA more than just words. Toto Wolff went on to say that every team, drivers and fans should be aware of what is allowed and not allowed in 2022 and the freestyle decision making as of 2021 should not be there. Toto went on to say that though F1 provides entertainment it should not be at the cost of breaking rules adding him and Lewis Hamilton are still dilutional about what happened in Abu Dhabi.
“I expect action, not just words, we can’t freestyle like this with the rulebook in a sport that is supposed to be sport. There has to be clarity about the rules before the start of the new season so that every driver, every team and every fan knows what is allowed and what is not,” Toto Wolff told Auto Motor und Sport.
“In the end, we provide entertainment, but no decision should break the rules for the sake of the show, it runs very deep. Lewis, I and the whole team are disillusioned,” Toto Wolff added.
Toto Wolff went on to say that the sports is loved because its honest adding that the stopwatch, which never lies, becomes irrelevant if the fundamental principle of fairness is broken which makes you doubt the sport. Toto Wolff told him and Lewis Hamilton will never get over the Abu Dhabi incident but added that we can at least try to do it together with FIA for a better future.
“We love this sport because it’s honest. The stopwatch never lies. But when we break the fundamental principle of fairness and the stopwatch is no longer relevant, then you doubt this sport,” Toto Wolff said.
“About the fact that all the work, blood, sweat and tears can be taken away from you. It’s going to take a long time to digest that. I don’t think we’ll ever get over it, especially Lewis as a driver, we can at least try, together with the FIA, to do better in the future,” Toto Wolff added.