Toto Wolff ahead of the Abu Dhabi GP: “Let’s rock and roll!”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he’s happy the FIA issued the drivers a warning ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, because of some “controversial driving” by Max Verstappen.

Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the FIA warned drivers that points could be deducted if unsportsmanlike tactics are detected on the track.

After Max Verstappen’s questionable and dangerous driving at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Toto Wolff in happy about this.

“What we’ve seen in Brazil and also maybe in Jeddah was controversial driving,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

“Therefore, I think it was good that it happened in Jeddah and I think it’s good that the race director came in robust to say what’s on and what is not on.

“Maybe that’s enough deterrent for the drivers. It’s not only Max, but for all drivers, to have a clean race on Sunday.”

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Toto Wolff also touched upon the fact that the 2021 rule changes affected Mercedes’ car negatively, so he’s extremely happy that they are still in contention for the title ahead of the final race of the season.

“I think the rules were changed in a way that didn’t suit us, but I have to blame myself because we could have spotted that earlier.

“Maybe we were a little bit overconfident that we could manage, and clearly we didn’t. Therefore, us being now really in the hunt for this championship is marvellous.

“We didn’t think that was possible throughout the summer and even in Brazil, when we were disqualified for the sprint race, and Max had 18 points [lead], and suddenly you find yourself so penalised that you don’t think you’re going to win the championship.

“And here we are, Abu Dhabi, equal points, and let’s rock and roll,” concluded the Austrian.

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