Wolff urges ‘common sense’ after Marko’s F1 stewards comments

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Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were caught in multiple incidents last Sunday in Abu Dhabi which resulted in stewards handing Verstappen two penalties.

After being ordered to return Hamilton to a position after passing off track earlier in the race, Verstappen was then hit with a five-second penalty for leaving the track and taking the lead defending the lead.

Verstappen was also fined 10 seconds after the race for causing a collision after the marshals judged him to be “erratic” when braking to try to let Hamilton pass before the last corner.

Red Bull adviser Marko told Autosport after the race the team felt they were “not treated the same” by stewards, citing Hamilton who was running too slowly before the first restart of the race. red flag and forcing Verstappen to pull away in the last corner as incidents that were not watched.

Marko was also unhappy that Hamilton had avoided any material action for hampering Nikita Mazepin in training on Friday, saying: “It’s a very one-sided decision-making here.”

Helmut Marko, consultant, Red Bull Racing

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Asked by Autosport about his thoughts on Marko’s comments after Sunday’s race, Wolff said: “You have to dig deep enough to find things that go against Max today.

“I cannot comment on what they say.

“I think in Brazil we felt it was tough against us, with a disqualification for the sprint race. Who would have thought we could come back?

“I think Lewis could have scored three points in that sprint race, and didn’t score any. And that could be valuable points.

“Someone will always be unhappy with certain things. I try, with all my bias, to always try to look at things with common sense. I guess I don’t always succeed in the heat of the moment.

Hamilton and Verstappen are tied on points ahead of Sunday’s championship showdown, but both have been involved in incidents during the last three Grands Prix which have led to revisions by the Stewards.

In Brazil, Hamilton was excluded from qualifying after his car failed a technical control, only to strike back and win the race on Sunday following a wheel-to-wheel brawl with Verstappen.

Verstappen was given a grid penalty in Qatar for not slowing down because of the yellow flags, while Hamilton was called up for two incidents in the final Saudi Arabian Grand Prix practice ahead of the race incidents .


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