Wolff claims Verstappen ‘tactically’ took out Hamilton
Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff believes Max Verstappen’s collision with Lewis Hamilton throughout Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix was a tactical transfer as a result of the Dutchman had realized he’d misplaced the place.
Hamilton emerged from his pit cease on the within of Verstappen on the run to Flip 1, with the Pink Bull driver having misplaced numerous positions resulting from a gradual cease a number of laps earlier. After attempting to overhaul across the outdoors of the primary nook, Verstappen tried to hold on to get the within line for Flip 2 however didn’t have sufficient house and ran over the massive apex curb together with his automobile, climbing on prime of Hamilton’s automobile and his proper rear wheel hitting the Mercedes driver’s head.
“The halo undoubtedly saved Lewis’ life,” Wolff stated. “It might have been a horrible accident that I don’t even wish to take into consideration if we didn’t have the halo.
“I feel Lewis gave plenty of house in Flip 4 on lap one and prevented a collision. Possibly I’m extra unsportsmanlike than Lewis as a result of I’d have ended the race there (for each drivers), not less than we’d have had much less engine mileage. What occurred is the opposite approach round however with out avoiding the contact. That is what we have to keep away from sooner or later: taking one another out tactically as a result of you understand you will have misplaced the place.”
Nevertheless, Wolff denied that meant Verstappen was completely at fault for the collision at Monza, suggesting that it’s a willingness to have a crash that must be addressed earlier than both driver is significantly injured.
“No, I didn’t say he was utterly guilty or an absolute judgement on the incident,” Wolff stated. “What I stated was one may see it as a tactical foul with the bias every of us must acknowledge. We don’t wish to have conditions sooner or later the place one loses a place and the one approach of stopping the opposite one scoring is to take him out.
“Each of them want to depart house for one another, race one another laborious however keep away from accidents. It was good enjoyable till now, however we have now seen the Halo save Lewis’ life and Max had this heavy affect in Silverstone, and we don’t wish to get to a scenario the place we intervene as a result of somebody will get actually damage.”