A special statement by Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who claims that Max Verstappen deliberately removed his competitor Lewis Hamilton from the race in Monza.
Twice a touch between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton led to a crash this season. In Great Britain, Verstappen was the victim after the Briton slapped the Red Bull driver ‘s rear tire . A few months later, the two met again, this time in Monza, and neither of them finished the race.
According to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, that was the fault of the Dutchman, who did it on purpose. “What happened in Monza?” the Austrian wonders aloud in conversation with the Daily Mail . “Max crashed with Lewis because he was almost overtaken and Hamilton was faster. That is completely understandable in my view.”
“If you’re racing for the title and you see it slip out of your hands because the other driver is faster, what else can you try to do to make sure you don’t get overtaken? We’ve seen Schumacher do it at Villeneuve and also Senna and Prost”, he compares Verstappen with special names and moments.
Wolff therefore thinks that a new, similar crash may occur . He points to the ‘over-aggressive’ Verstappen. “When I look back at Silverstone, we see an over-aggressive Max, who has been over-aggressive for a long time, but got away with it, who ended up in the wall there. We think he could have left more room,” said the Mercedes team principal.
There was a lot of talk about the way Mercedes celebrated the victory there, but Wolff has an explanation for that too. “We saw him crash, it was a hard crash, but he got out of his car and we heard he was fine. He went to the hospital as a precaution, but everything was fine. We all heard that from the Red Bull – management.”
“In the meantime, we had won a race for the first time in a long time, at Silverstone, with Lewis, in front of his own audience. Against the odds, so we were super happy. We were 25 points behind our big rival,” he said. Wolff.