“I Protect My Tribe and My Driver” – Toto Wolff Issues a Strong Statement Ahead of Tense F1 Bout

Published 11/28/2021, 4:29 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Brazilian Grand Prix was one of the most interesting races in the 2021 season. Lewis Hamilton displayed an amazing performance at Interlagos, defeating Max Verstappen to take the chequered flag.

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Apart from Hamilton’s victory at Interlagos, there are two moments from the race that will be forever remembered by the F1 community. One was team boss, Toto Wolff’s reaction; pointing to the camera. And, the other was when he sent a message to Hamilton on the team radio post the sprint race.

 Toto Wolff explains his emotions amidst the title fight with Red Bull

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The Brackley-based squad is involved in an intense fight with Red Bull; both of them pushing each other to the limit. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, Wolff showcased his emotions after Hamilton defeated the Dutch driver. As Lewis was on his cool-down lap, Wolff said on the team radio, “F*** them all!” 

As quoted by GPFans, the Austrian said, “I don’t feel pressure. I think I’ve felt pressure in my life at various other points that are ridiculous compared to what I had in my personal life.”

“I’m very passionate about it and I protect my tribe and my driver and when things are going against me you will see the emotions. You need to be authentic about it,” Wolff concluded.

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The championship fight is going down to the wire

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With just two races remaining till the end of the season, the fight for both championships is very much on. In the constructor’s fight, it is the Wolff-led team that has the lead over the squad from Milton-Keynes. But the gap between the two title contenders is just five points.

While in the driver’s championship, it is the Red Bull prodigy who has the lead over the 7-time world champion. And the gap between the arch-rivals is just eight points.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Next weekend the world of Formula One will be at Jeddah at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Both Red Bull and Mercedes will expect their drivers to push themselves to the limit in order to come out on top in the 2021 season.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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