Wolff says F1 needs to stop drivers from “taking each other out tactically”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said Max Verstappen made a “tactical foul” at the Italian Grand Prix when he collided with Lewis Hamilton.

The Austrian believes the FIA needs to do something to prevent drivers from causing an incident just to “make sure the other guy doesn’t win”.

“We have seen these duels in the past and it is between drivers that are very good that are racing for a world championship,” said Wolff.

“I think the modus operandi for the future is that tactical fouls, in order to make sure the other guy doesn’t win, is something which we need to get under control.

“How? I have no idea”

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Wolff also gave his comments on the Lap 1 incident when Lewis backed down after Max squeezed him onto the kerbs. He says he might not have moved if he was in Hamilton’s position.

“I think Lewis gave a lot of space in turn four on lap one and avoided a collision. Maybe I am more unsportsmanlike than Lewis because I would have terminated the race there.

“At least we would have had less engine mileage on the power unit and then what happened is the other way around but not avoided the contact.

“This is for me what we need to avoid in the future, taking each other out tactically because you know you have lost the position.

“The only question is ‘How many accidents do we want to see in the future in order to stop one guy winning and the other way around?'” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.

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