Toto Wolff on the need to “move on” from the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP

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Toto Wolff says after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, “there were voices that it would go away and let the season start”, but “it was just so controversial that it is still around”.

The discussion regarding the controversial finish of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is still going strong, almost a year later.

The finish saw race director (at the time) Michael Masi change the rules which govern the use of the Safety Car, and hand the world title to Max Verstappen, robbing Lewis Hamilton of his eighth championship in the process.

While some (especially Red Bull) have tried to dismiss the controversy, saying it will soon be forgotten, the discussion persists to this day.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff acknowledges that the controversy has not died down, but reveals that his team has since moved on from it.

“When these things happened, there were voices that it would go away and let the season start,” the Austrian said.

“But it was just so controversial that it is still around. Is it good for the sport? I don’t think so. I think we need to move on.

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“There is nothing we can do about it anymore, and this [move on] is what we have done because you can’t eat yourself up every day.”

Wolff also expressed his support for FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who came into power in the aftermath of Abu Dhabi.

“Last season ended with a big controversy at the start of his reign. Then what we have seen from that moment on was a firm stance on various regulations and I think that is important.

“He has had a christening of fire with Abu Dhabi and I think you can’t object to him that he is not enforcing the regulations, for trivial things and for the important ones,” Wolff concluded.

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