Mol can’t believe his eyes: “Homage to the race director, you can only dream of this”


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 had an unprecedentedly exciting conclusion. After a late crash by Nicholas Latifi, the safety car came out and the chaos – if it wasn’t already there – could begin. One lap at race speed was what was left and that was enough for Verstappen to overtake Lewis Hamilton and become world champion. Even the people who were there live couldn’t believe their eyes, not even the commentator.

The man who provided the commentary at the race, unmistakably Olav Mol, spoke to Grand Prix Radio and gave his reaction to the crazy final of the Formula 1 season 2021. ‘Then you start thinking: could it still be possible? Will we get another one-lap match? And then comes the message that the lapped cars are not allowed to overtake and then again. Then you will think that we will finish behind the safety car, but then Michael Masi sees an opportunity to resume the race.’ That was the chaos that went through Mol’s head.

The dream scenario became reality

It turned into a fight that led to a climax with the championship being decided in the very last round of the season. ‘You have a hundred thousand scenarios in your head and then it just comes out of the blue. Tribute to race director Michael Masi who, as always, opted for racing that results in a denouement that you can only dream of,” continues Mol.

‘I did not find Wolff chic in communication’

Mercedes was not happy with the way things were going and launched two protests after the race. The first was about Verstappen overtaking Hamilton during the safety car and the second was about the fact that not all the laggards had overtaken the safety car before the field was released again. Both protests have now been repulsed, the Dutch commentator thinks that’s a good thing. He is also not pleased with the way of communication from Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff to the race management.

“Personally, I don’t think the way Toto Wolff communicated with the race management is chic and I think they, from Mercedes, will not do well if they take the world title like this,” says Mol. “If they turn this around, a lot of people will say, ‘We’re not drafts, we’re racing.’ That is exactly what Michael Masi said to Wolff when he shouted as a small child: “Michael, Michael this is not possible.” Mol does think that this race, in addition to Verstappen becoming world champion, is the perfect promotion for the sport. “This is really fantastic for the sport.”

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