Toto Wolff says FIA rule change and Abu Dhabi cost Hamilton the 2021 title

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Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton lost the 2021 title because of what happened in Abu Dhabi, but also because “regulations were set in place in order to reduce the advantage that we had”.

After seven years of Mercedes domination in Formula 1, in the first half of 2021 Red Bull was obviously able to make their car perform better than Mercedes did.

Toto Wolff explains his team’s drop in performance happened because the FIA started implementing rules aimed at slowing them down.

The Austrian proceeds to say that this, along with the unjust decisions made by the race director at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, led to Lewis Hamilton losing the title battle to Max Verstappen.

“I think we probably lost the 2021 drivers’ championship for many reasons,” the Austrian said.

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“One was the final race but we also lost it because those regulations were set in place in order to reduce the advantage that we had.

“2020 was a super dominant year for us, I think the best car we’ve ever had, but then towards the end of the season, they changed the regs by cutting the floor out, and that was to stop us.

“You can see the results in 2021, we were not as competitive as Red Bull. At Silverstone, we unlocked more of the potential of the car and got ourselves back into the championship.

“But back in the day, these regs were clearly targeted to re-establish the pecking order,” Wolff concluded.

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