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Mercedes principal Toto Wolff takes fresh swipe at F1 chiefs over 'inconsistent' decision-making

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff takes fresh swipe at F1 chiefs by claiming ‘inconsistent’ decision-making led to controversies throughout the season

  • Race director Michael Masi allowed a final lap shootout at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix  
  • Toto Wolff and Mercedes were furious at the controversial call earlier this month
  • Wolff said the controversy was part of a ‘wider problem’ in Formula One 


Mercedes chief Toto Wolff claims that the controversy surrounding the finish of the season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is part of a ‘wider problem’ in Formula 1.

Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton was agonisingly denied a record eighth world title after being pipped by Red Bull rival Max Verstappen on the final lap, of the final race of the campaign. 

It came after the safety car was deployed after Williams driver Nicholas Latifi spun five laps from the end, allowing Verstappen to pit for fresh tyres.

Toto Wolff claims 'inconsistent' decision-making led to controversies throughout 2021 season

Toto Wolff claims ‘inconsistent’ decision-making led to controversies throughout 2021 season 

Race director Michael Masi then allowed only some of the lapped cars between the two title contenders to overtake the safety car ahead of the one-lap shoot-out, putting Verstappen on Hamilton’s tail. 

Wolff and Mercedes were furious at the controversial call and says it was symptomatic of what went on throughout the entire campaign. 

He said: ‘It is a wider problem. If you look at most of the controversies that have happened this year.

Max Verstappen was given a final lap shootout against Lewis Hamilton which enraged Wolff

Max Verstappen was given a final lap shootout against Lewis Hamilton which enraged Wolff 

‘It was about decisions, sporting decisions on the track, the inconsistency of the execution of the regulations on track.

‘It is one thing to drive hard and to have differences of opinion among the drivers and the teams, it is in the nature of the game.

‘But inconsistent decision making leads to controversies, leads to polarisation and that was the grounds for many of the totally unnecessary controversies on the track.’ 

Mercedes ace Hamilton was agonisingly denied a record eighth world title

Mercedes ace Hamilton was agonisingly denied a record eighth world title 

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