Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says one could think to himself: ‘on Saturday Perez is in the gravel and on Sunday Tsunoda parks his car outside…’
However, their last flying lap was interrupted by Sergio Perez’s spin, which brought out yellow flags.
Then in the race, while Lewis was closing in on race leader Max Verstappen, who was yet to pit for the second time, a DNF from AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda brought out the Virtual Safety Car, providing the Dutch driver with an opportunity to have a ‘free’ pit stop, and runining Mercedes’ one-stop gambit.
Since then many have been questioning the two incidents, especially Tsunoda’s strange retirement.
Toto Wolff said after the race that he would ‘take a closer look’ at the Tsunoda incident if Mercedes was involved in a title fight with Red Bull, and later he told ORF how one could question Perez’s spin as well.
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“The bitterness would be very big if we were racing for a championship,” the Austrian said.
“Then of course you think to yourself: ‘on Saturday Perez is in the gravel and on Sunday Tsunoda parks his car outside…’
However, he admits that even without the incident on Sunday, a win for Mercedes was far from guaranteed.
“Without the Virtual Safety Car we might have had a fifty percent chance, because Max would have come out just under ten seconds behind us.
“Would we have won? Probably not,” Wolff concluded.