Toto Wolff: “They need to find a way of how to race each other”

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After two serious incidents between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Silverstone and Monza, Toto Wolff says an intervention should be made before “somebody gets really hurt”.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s collision at the Italian Grand Prix could have been tragic were it not for the halo on Lewis’ car. Toto Wolff says something needs to be done before “somebody gets really hurt”.

“They need to find a way of how to race each other,” the Austrian said.

“Either leave room in every direction, [or] there will be accidents, if it’s not clear – and it’s never clear cut actually.

“Like the Silverstone verdict was predominantly [to blame], but they know in the car what they are doing and how they are racing each other.

“We should be watching with interest and hopefully not have eight accidents in the next eight remaining races.”


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Mercedes’ team boss believes a decision should come from the stewards to stop these things from happening in the future.

“We don’t want to have situations in the future where one loses the position, and the only way of stopping the race or stopping the other one scoring is just by taking him out.

“Both of them need to leave space for each other, race each other hard, but avoid accidents.

“Because it was good fun until now, but we have seen a halo that saved Lewis’s life today, and Max had this heavy impact in Silverstone.

“We don’t want to come to a situation to intervene when somebody gets really hurt,” concluded Wolff.

Since these comments were made, the FIA came out with a decision to penalise Max Verstappen, who they determined was ‘predominantly to blame’ for the collision.

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