Toto Wolff takes a shot at Michael Masi ahead of 2023 Abu Dhabi GP

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes and Ferrari are going to Abu Dhabi “pretty much equal on points, with a proper race director, so that should be fine”.

Mercedes had quite an eventful Las Vegas Grand Prix, which included contact between George Russell and Max Verstappen, as well as between Lewis Hamilton and Oscar Piastri, and Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz.

After the race, team boss Toto Wolff said Mercedes’ car was quick, but the incidents prevented a better result.

“Lewis got hit twice and George had a mistake,” the Austrian said.

“That race summarises our season. A quick car that is able to fight for a podium – Lewis was doing Leclerc’s times as well in free air.

“But then obviously he was involved in two accidents, and then George with Max, [so] you can’t win, you can’t be in the front.”

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Then, while discussing Mercedes’ battle with Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship, Wolff took a shot at former F1 race director Michael Masi, who denied Lewis Hamilton his eighth world title win, by ignoring the rules which govern the use of the Safety Car at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“I think we’re going [to the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix] pretty much equal on points, with a proper race director, so that should be fine.

“And then let’s race. It’s all down to the last weekend. They are very quick and done a good job. I think we could have been on par today. But the result shows something different. So let’s race.

“To be honest it’s good to have P2 as a positive to finish the season but P2, P3 for me there is little… It doesn’t make me particularly cheery any way,” Wolff concluded.

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