“A Liability for the Sport” – Toto Wolff Makes Shocking F1 Claim Amidst Lewis Hamilton’s Abu Dhabi GP Controversy

Published 04/11/2022, 3:47 PM EDT

The 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi saw its fair share of controversy. Arguably, the series of decisions made by the then race director, Michael Masi, handed the title to Verstappen. The fiasco is still rearing its ugly head in comments made by Toto Wolff.

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The Mercedes team principal recently spewed fire in the direction of the ex-FIA race director.

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Toto Wolff is still angry at Michael Masi

The Austrian executive has been one of the most vocal personalities against Masi. As it turns out, Wolff and Mercedes still hold a grudge against Masi and believe he’s responsible for Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 title loss. Recently, Wolff made some pretty scathing comments about the ex-race director.

Michael Masi | Courtesy: Getty Images

Wolff said,  “I really want to tell you, without patronising you, that you need to take criticism on board and develop from there. Lewis [Hamilton] does it every day, but you are a guy who always seems to know better’,”

He believed Masi was immune to any feedback and that he still doesn’t hold himself accountable for the whole fiasco.

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Toto also went on to add “He was a liability for the sport because everybody kept talking about Abu Dhabi and the race director, and the race director should not …[but] someone who does the job and makes sure the race is run according to the regulations.”

This season will see the duties of a race director being shared by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas. The 2 will be in charge of alternate races this year.

Hamilton’s mixed fortune this season

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The Britton has had a mixed bag of results to kick off the new season. Hamilton, with some help from lady luck, managed a podium in the season opener in Bahrain. The second round in Jeddah saw him struggle and just finish in the points in P10.

Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – April 7, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of practice REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The last race in Australia also saw a strong performance by Hamilton. He managed a P4 while his teammate Russell went on to pick up a P3. Russell currently leads his teammate in the driver’s standings by 9 points.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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