Wolff: “Lewis is the contrary of someone that ever drives dirty”

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Toto Wolff answers Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Helmut Marko, who said that the collision with Max Verstappen was a deliberate move by Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided in the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, which put Max into the barrier and out of the race, while Lewis received a 10-second penalty.

Although a large number of current and ex Formula 1 drivers think the collision was a racing incident, Red Bull remains adamant that Hamilton got off lightly.

Not only are they threatening to appeal the FIA’s decision, but they are also slandering Lewis by saying he deliberately jeopardized another driver.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said Hamilton made a “professional foul”, while Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko said Lewis should face a race ban for ‘negligent to dangerous behaviour’.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was asked about these comments and swiftly brushed off the ludicrous criticism.

“Everybody has an opinion, that’s okay,” the Austrian said.

“Everyone will have a certain bias towards incidents like that.

“When you hear the comments about his driving and the incident, Lewis is the contrary of someone that ever drives dirty.

“I think he’s a sportsman. We have not seen any big incidents with him, and that’s why he keeps his demeanour.

“And you saw it, the incident wasn’t particularly bothering him,” concluded Wolff.

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Statement from SilverArrows.Net:

It has to be noted that Max Verstappen was involved in a series of incidents since he came into Formula 1. His aggressive and reckless moves ruined other drivers’ races and also put their wellbeing in jeopardy. This earned him the nickname ‘Crashstappen’ among some Formula 1 fans.

While everyone is of course happy and thankful that everything turned out fine and that Max wasn’t injured in his horrific crash, to imply that Lewis did anything on purpose is downright disguising. Especially considering how many blemishes Max has on his record.

Not only that, but Lewis was also in danger, as were many other drivers that had the misfortune of witnessing Max’s “aggressiveness” first hand. So, to imply that he intentionally tried to take Max out is completely bonkers.

The incident was a result of two drivers not backing down and can easily be categorized as a racing incident. We’ll go a step further and say that neither driver would have been penalized had the collision not resulted in Max being out of the race.

Now, it’s time for Red Bull to stop their mudslinging campaign and do what needs to be done to get back into the fight at Hungaroring.

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