Toto Wolff thinks Abu Dhabi will “stay with Lewis forever”

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Toto Wolff says even Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he couldn’t believe what happened to Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he thinks Lewis Hamilton will “never get over” what happened at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when the race director’s blatant disregard for the rules had cost him his eighth world title.

“You know, I had dinner yesterday with the coach of Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri,” Wolff said.

“And he started the conversation saying ‘None of us can believe what happened to you in Abu Dhabi!’ And we were like ‘Neither can we’.

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“It is still so surreal. And that’s going to stay with Lewis forever. Because in effect he won an eighth world championship.

“Then he finds himself on the back foot. And most importantly the car is a b—h to drive.

“And Lewis is like ‘Four months ago I competed for the world championship in a car that was great. And suddenly the car is undrivable.’ And that also needs recalibration of your own expectations.

“But I think he has that now,” the Austrian concluded.

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