Toto Wolff says he’s in “a daily dialogue” with Lewis Hamilton

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Toto Wolff says all the decisions regarding the appeal were “joint decisions” with Lewis Hamilton and now he needs to “help him overcome these imminent feelings he has”.

After Mercedes revealed they will withdraw their appeal over the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Toto Wolff revealed he keeps in touch with Lewis Hamilton on a daily basis regarding the situation.

“I’m in a daily dialogue with him,” the Austrian said.

“But I also respect there is not a lot to talk about at the moment. Each of us copes in our own way with the feelings that we have at the moment.

“I just need to do the utmost I can to help him overcome these imminent feelings he has in order for him to return strong, with a love of the sport and trust in the decision making of the sport next year.

“And we wish very much this will be the case.”

Wolff added the decisions over the protests Mercedes had lodged after the race, and the subsequent intention to appeal, were all made together with Lewis.


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“Every step on the way it was joint decisions. We decided together with Lewis to protest, to launch the appeal and to withdraw the appeal.

“As you can imagine, not only for him but also for us as a team, it was terrible to be confronted with a decision that decided the outcome of the world championship.

“But none of us, neither him nor us, want to win a world championship in the courtroom.

“But on the other side, we were deeply wronged on Sunday and it wasn’t just a case of a bad call, it was freestyle reading of the rules and it left Lewis like a sitting duck.

“It was tremendously hard for him and for us as a team to withdraw the appeal because we were wronged and we deeply believe that in Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor racing, one of the most important sports in the world, justice is being done.

“So my soul and heart cry that this should have been judged in the right way and the legal situation would have given us some right.

“But this is the difference between being right and obtaining justice,” Wolff concluded.

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