Toto Wolff reveals “hate speech and abuse” was directed at Mercedes

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Toto Wolff says “emotions were running high on social media” after the Dutch Grand Prix, but “hate speech and abuse directed at our Team and our competitors have no place in F1”.

The Dutch Grand Prix was not without its controversies, which led to a lot of heated debates, accusations and even abuse on social media.

Some fans and observers were mad at Mercedes for putting Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on different tyre compounds under the Safety Car, which led to Lewis dropping to P4 and George rising to P2, while others were accusing Red Bull, AlphaTauri and Red Bull Principal Strategy Engineer Hannah Schmitz of using Yuki Tsunoda’s retirement to give an advantage to Max Verstappen.

There has been a lot of talk of hate speech and abuse being directed especially at Schmitz, but now Toto Wolff reveals Mercedes received its share of abuse too.

“Emotions were running high on social media after the last race,” the Austrian said in Mercedes’ Italian Grand Prix preview.

“But hate speech and abuse directed at our Team and our competitors have no place in F1. We compete hard on the track but we always have respect for our rivals.”

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While Mercedes already explained its strategy decisions at Zandvoort, Toto once again acknowledged that not all of them turned out how they hoped they would.

“We took some risks in Zandvoort and not all of them worked. We exist to fight for victories and will never shy away from making bold decisions.

“We scored good points in our chase for P2 in the championship and it was fun to be back in the fight.

“Through everyone’s hard work, we’re edging closer to that first win of the season,” Wolff concluded.

As we already wrote, we strongly condemn any hate speech and abuse directed toward anyone. In sports we can disagree and even get into heated exchanges of opinion, but please remain respectful and never resort to abuse.

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