Toto Wolff Makes an Honest Admission That Includes Horner as He Performs Michael Masi U-turn

Published 12/21/2021, 8:35 AM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff is seen during the race Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was full of controversy. A controversial decision by the FIA saw Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton neck to neck in the final laps of the race.

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Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff was on the radio with race director Michael Masi questioning his decision. Now with things have seemed to calm down after the intense title-deciding race. Wolff has admitted that he went too far, and suggests at team bosses shouldn’t influence the race.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff states that team bosses shouldn’t influence the race

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Speaking to Motorsport.total.com, Wolff said, “That was meant well, but I think we went too fa . I have to touch my own nose, but so does Christian (Horner; Red Bull team boss).We were given the opportunity to speak directly to the race director, and because we fought so hard for the interests of our teams, we all went too far.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking of team principals having an influence over a race, he added, “But I will go one step further and say that the sports directors shouldn’t influence the race director or exert pressure,” said the Mercedes team boss. (Translated from German via Google)

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An intense race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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The Dutch driver started from pole position for Sunday’s race, but Hamilton took the lead as soon as the lights went out. Sergio Perez of Red Bull, on the other hand, resolutely refused to let the Mercedes driver pass him so that Verstappen could catch up.

After Hamilton passed Perez, it seemed like only a matter of time before he took the win. Max’s title hopes were fading away, until Nicholas Latifi crashed, bringing out a safety car. A controversial decision by the FIA saw both title contenders side by side for the last laps of the race.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Lewis did his best to keep Verstappen in his rearview mirrors, but failed; resulting in Max taking the lead of the race to the chequered flag. With such an intense end to the season, the Formula One community can’t wait to see what the 2022 season has in store for them. What are your predictions for next year? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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