However, George later complained he was “having to push too hard in [Turn] 11 and 12” to keep up, and then added:
“I either overtake or he needs to manage more through there.”
When asked about these tense exchanges, team boss Toto Wolff said they were “irrelevant” in light of Mercedes’ overall poor performance.
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“I think the race and the messages are completely irrelevant,” the Austrian said.
“There was nothing to manage or to say, it’s a complete side-show. The fundamental issue is the car was slow. So, I have no problem with things being broadcast.
“Whether it’s controversial or not if there’s no performance like that then who cares,” Wolff concluded.