VIDEO: Toto Wolff ends speculation – It’s ‘Michael’, not ‘Mikey’!

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Some F1 fans, mainly of Red Bull and Max Verstappen, greatly enjoy taunting Toto Wolff with the words: ‘No, Mikey, no’, in reference to Wolff’s radio message to Michael Masi at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After race director (at the time) Michael Masi changed the rules which govern the use of the Safety Car at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which cost Lewis Hamilton his eighth championship title, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was furious.

He immediately went on the team radio and told Masi: “No, Michael, no, no Michael, that was so not right!”

Due to the Austrian’s pronunciation, many viewers misheard him and thought he called Masi: ‘Mikey’. This was then used by fans of Verstappen and Red Bull as a taunt on social media and in the races.

At one point one fan shouted these words at Wolff after a grand prix, while the Mercedes boss was passing in a car, which earned him a one-finger salute.

Well, at the Japanese Grand Prix Wolff was in a more lighthearted mood, so when a fan asked him if it was ‘Michael’ or ‘Mikey’, the Austrian stopped, smiled, and said: “Michael”.

So there you have it, straight from Toto’s mouth, he never said Mikey! If you don’t believe us, you can take a look for yourselves, in the video below.

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