Toto Wolff says in Abu Dhabi “the regulations led to the same result”

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Toto Wolff says everybody knew what the regulations were at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Michael Masi “decided to do something completely different”.

In an interview with Channel 4, Toto Wolff was once again asked to give his view of the controversial finish to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw race director Michael Masi disregard the rules, and basically serve the world title to Max Verstappen.

Wolff says everyone was aware that what Masi did was not according to the rules.

“Without wanting to sound like a broken record: Abu Dhabi last year, we knew the regulations, and the regulations kind of led to the same result,” the Austrian said.

“We were going to have maybe one lap of racing, after all the backmarkers would have unlapped themselves, or the race would finish under the Safety Car.

“That is what the regulations book said, and the guy [Michael Masi] decided to do something completely different, and that was never seen before.”

Contrary to what happened in Abu Dhabi, at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, the race finished under the Safety Car, just like it should have last year.


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Wolff said if the priority for everyone is to finish races under green flag conditions, rules first have to be changed to allow for this.

“Now what I’ve seen in Monza, in a way was a good sign because the regulations were applied to the dot,” he explained

“You can’t change an outcome of the race by just starting to freestyle to put on the best show.

“Now, nobody wants to see a race finish under the Safety Car, we want a spectacular last lap or few laps.

“And I think I would be the first one to vote in favour of regulations that say: ‘If a race is being stopped five or ten laps before the end, we don’t want to have a Safety Car in, let’s go for this and restart’.

“[It can be a] standing start or flying start, whatever you want, because that’s going to be great for the emotions.

“But we need to decide on the regulations,” Wolff concluded.

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