Wolff on thin ice, as Stuttgart considers either his or their position – The Mercedes AMG F1 and Lewis Hamilton melodrama rolls on.
Having been ‘cancelled’ by the Mercedes brand owners from dragging the German car manufacturers name through the legal quagmire, Toto Wolff finally – and most ungraciously – admitted defeat, revealing he/The F1 team would not pursue any claim against the FIA.
That said, once again Toto (aka ‘Oz Dog’ as we like to call him, try and guess why…) Wolff was not driving the narrative. Some 15 hours earlier the FIA unilaterally announced that they accepted some clarifications over race procedures and guidance given would be worked through with the teams before the 2021 season.
Note: The FIA did not ask for input or concede anything improper happened during the closing laps of the F1 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Note2: Had Loo and Merc been in P2 when the safety car had been called, they too would have pitted for new tyres and hoped for a last lap battle. Further, had they done so from P1 anyway, and Lewis been forced to pass Max, he would most likely have done so.
Mercedes AMG F1 has learned from a strategic point of view to play the percentages to the point where it is utterly predictable how they will play their hand.
Anyway, that debate is over. Michael Massi – heir to the Charlie Whiting throne – did as Whiting always intended, made a decision; otherwise why have a Race Director?
The debate is indeed over as the FIA crown Max Vertsappen as 2021 season champion tonight at their global sports gala. Yet Oz Dog refuses to go and collect Mercedes unprecedented 8th constructors trophy and is still refusing to speak to Michael Mass.
Toto finally broke his silence today on all matters re: him/Sir Loo and ‘his/their’ racing team.
(As an aside: Does anyone know any members of the BLM executive who would kneel before an old white privileged guy – representative of the British Empire – and allow the Prince of Wales to bestow favour and honour upon them? Taking the knee and all that…)
Having watched the F1 circus since around 1975, I was amazed at the track action on Sunday, yet even more gob smacked by Wolff’s rhetoric today.
Firstly he appears to argue because Lewis won the previous 4 races, he was entitled to be champion.
“What he has… the decisions that have been taken in the last four minutes of the race have dropped Lewis Hamilton of a deserved world championship. His driving in the last four races particularly was faultless. He had a commanding lead on Sunday in Abu Dhabi from the get go. He won the start and he never gave the lead away again. And robbing him in the last lap of the racing, is unacceptable”.
It’s okay for a servant of the German racing team to torpedo Verstappen in Hungary and assist his team mate to an unanswered 18 points I guess.
Let’s also remember, when Mercedes realised they could add yet another engine for Hamilton for just a 5 grid drop penalty, so they did just that. Further, blatantly admitting it was because their power unit got too slow after a few races.
So Hamilton was racing with this engine introduced for no reliability or safety issues. It was just badly designed, and many see that as unfair and against the intention of the regulations.
Interestingly, even in today’s rant, Toto does not say any sporting regulations were breached – only that a value judgment made by the Race Director was improper….. in his most un-humble opinion.
Yet Herr Wolff declares, “We believe we had a very strong case and if you look at it from a legal side if it would have been judged in a regular court it is almost guaranteed we would have won”.
So why not pursue it? Because as TJ13 revealed the brand owners Damiler refused to allow this course of action. Despite them having sold a majority share in the team that bears their brand, they have veto over all actions that could bring the brand into disrepute.
The bizzare expisode of the Wolff rant is he calls out the FIA following their statement of intent and threatens them with either Mercedes or Hamilton withdrawing from the sport.
“I expect the commission to not only come up with words but with actions, and we will hold them accountable for actions, as we cannot continue in a sport that is meant to be sport followed by entertainment and not the other way around”.
After outspending almost the rest of the collective field and dominating F1 to the point of tedium, many may say “Toto I see you bluff, and raise you”
The Authoritarian Austrian rant continues, “We are [will not be] held ransom by ad hoc decisions in any field – be it technical or sporting – therefore there need to be clear measures in place before the start of the season so every driver, every team, and the fans, understand what’s on and what is not on.”
One TJ13 prediction correct and down. No appeal.
Well, in all sport the referee’s decision is final. So I guess if the FIA refuse to bow to Toto’s latest demands and threats then it is Goodbye (yellow brick road) to Dorothy and her little doggy (and red heels).
Or, if Wolff clings on, maybe Daimler will feel their brand is being brought into disrepute despite their prior warning – and by another Austrian ‘who wants to rule the world’ (T4F) – and so sell their 30% remaining share and cease bankrolling the newly formed Ineos/Wolff Racing Team.
Better the devil……