Toto Wolff on British GP celebration: “Max was unharmed”

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Toto Wolff says that after the British Grand Prix Christian Horner and “another senior member” of Red Bull confirmed Max Verstappen “was fine”, before Mercedes started celebrating.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull can’t stop talking about how it was “disrespectful” for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to celebrate their British Grand Prix win while Max Verstappen was in the hospital (for precautionary checks).

Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Toto Wolff once again explained the situation to journalists.

“I think you can only rely on the information that you have,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.

“The information we had at the time from Christian himself was that Max was unharmed. From another senior member of the Red Bull team, which I asked, who said that he was okay and was doing fine.

“We also asked the media on the way to the podium and everyone said he was fine.

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By winning the race, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes seriously reduced their points gap to Max Verstappen and Red Bull in the championship, which can explain their euphoria afterwards. Not only that, but it was Lewis’ home race.

“We won the British Grand Prix, after losing five races, it was Lewis’ home Grand Prix, that’s why the celebration was high,” Wolff explained.

“Again, it depends on what perspective you look at. If Verstappen is in hospital with precautionary checks, and he didn’t feel well whilst you lost, you can have that perception.

“It needs to be respected. It’s motor racing. Motor racing is dangerous. This is why I think respect and cool heads need to prevail on track.

“This is a great championship and let’s continue watching,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.

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