Former Mercedes Boss Has Some Advice for Toto Wolff Amidst the Appeal-Protests Drama

Published 12/14/2021, 9:31 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the team principals press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Convinced that they were wronged by the way things were handled in the final laps of the Abu Dhabi GP, Mercedes protested and expressed their intention to appeal against the race result. The result saw them winning the eighth consecutive constructor’s title, but one in which their driver Lewis Hamilton lost the world championship to Max Verstappen.

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Ever since the race ended, the Silver Arrows have been furious. Although there have been reports of them not taking matters forward, nothing has been confirmed yet.

Former boss Norbert Haug has some advice for the current team led by Toto Wolff. Haug suggested that the German team needs to swallow the hard pill of defeat. He described how motorsport trains one to accept even the cruelest of results.

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“Motorsport trains you in such a way that you have to accept such defeats. I know the feeling of losing the world title by one point with two drivers. This pain comes up five days later,” Haug said.

“You can only say: Shit happens. I understand that sometimes you freak out. I don’t know what it would be like if it had gone the other way around. A word on it afterwards, the motorsport fan doesn’t want to see that. It’s about having the size to shut up.”

The former Mercedes boss has some nice words for champion Verstappen

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Norbert Haug also recalled the first time he saw the really special driver. Haug said, “I saw Verstappen years ago in Monaco and saw that his medium tires immediately got temperature on a wet track. There is something very special about not putting the car in the planks – it was the same with Kimi Räikkönen. With Kimi, the lap times were always green in such a phase – there was always an increase. The Max is super special! “

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Indeed, he is special. And even though his ability or his talent won’t be affected, the title surely adds to his growing legacy. And speaking of legacies, Mercedes should also reflect on their own, even though, arguably, mistakes were made.

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Still, do they want to be the team that won seven championships in a row and then tainted the name of the very sport they compete in?

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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