Toto Wolff says his ‘Wikipedia’ comment is not “the most intelligent”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says his ‘Wikipedia’ comment regarding Max Verstappen’s consecutive wins record was not “the most intelligent”.

Toto Wolff caused quite a stir after the Italian Grand Prix, when he commented on Max Verstappen’s consecutive wins record.

“I don’t know whether he cares about the record – it’s not something that would be important for me, any of those numbers,” he said at the time.

“It’s for Wikipedia and nobody reads that anyway,” he concluded.

When asked about this ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Toto admitted it might not have been the most appropriate thing to say.

“Well, obviously when you look at the comment in the circumstance you can think: ‘Was it the most intelligent thing I could’ve said?’ Maybe not,” the Austrian said.

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“It’s always been my mindset, it’s something I’ve taken from Niki [Lauda]. Niki gave his trophies away to get a free car wash.

“You won’t find a lot of memorabilia in my place either because those numbers never mattered for the two of us.

“Formula 1 is a meritocracy and I said it often during this year that only the best win World Championships and you need to recognise what a great job is being done there.

“And at the end, they will take another big trophy and that is something that is the most valuable.

“The best person in the best car wins the World Championship,” Wolff concluded.

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