Toto Wolff sparks fury with Verstappen phone call

Published on 12 Nov 2016 13:17
image

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport has revealed that Toto Wolff called Max Verstappen's father Jos prior to this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

The publication reports tht the Mercedes Boss rang the ex-Formula One driver to ask him to stay out of the title battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Despite the call though, Wolff is very much a fan of the Dutch teenager.

"Personally I like him (Verstappen)," Wolff told France's Le Figaro newspaper. "Drivers should be allowed to express themselves and in this sense Max is good for Formula One.

"Maybe he should just try to be more careful in certain situations. If he had taken out Nico in Mexico, it would be not only me who is angry with him but half the world for interfering needlessly in the title race," he added.

"I only wanted to tell his father, who I have known for a long time, that it would be a shame for Max if he interfered in the title fight with a thoughtless manoeuvre," he said.

But Dr Helmut Marko, the head of Red Bull's driver programme,is fuming with Wolff's actions.

"It's getting more and more absurd," he said. "If Mr Wolff wants something from us, he should contact the people at Red Bull and not the father."

"We are driving our own race," Marko added. "It's not as though we're being lapped, in which case you could understand if we are asked to make room."

"I have never experienced such interference before. To call the father of a driver to manipulate him I think is bad form."

But Wolff defended his decision to make the call.

"He (Max) trusts his father and he's the only one he listens to," he insisted. "There is currently a spiral of negative stories about Max and he doesn't deserve it.

"If he decides the world championship through a collision with Nico or Lewis, the negative image would be complete and I just wanted him to realise that."



Replies (1)
Avatar
Posts: 728
Yeah, because Max is very much known for his "thoughtless manoeuvres". Whereas Mercedes is well know for their very thoughtful and balanced comments.
 

AE
        Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
Local time
Sunday Weather image
Race
14:00 - 16:00
 
 
Fastest lap
14:00 - 16:00
 
 
Saturday Weather image
Free practice 3
11:00 - 12:00
 
 
Qualifying
14:00 - 15:00
 
 
Friday Weather image
Free practice 1
10:00 - 11:30
 
 
Free practice 2
14:00 - 15:30
 
 
 
Give your opinion!
Does Daniil Kvyat deserve a chance with another team?




Driver profile
Name NL Max Verstappen
Active As Red Bull Racing Driver in Formula 1
Date of birth Sep 30 1997 (20)
Weight 70 kg
Length 1.80m
City Monaco
298,727 comments on Verstappen
658 members have this driver as their favourite
Tweets about Max Verstappen
Track Yas Marina Circuit
 
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Location AE Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Website Website
 
Team profile
Name DE Mercedes
Founding date Jan 1 1930
251,847 comments on Mercedes
31 members have this team as their favourite
Website http://www.mercedesamgf1.com
Location Stuttgart
Tweets about Mercedes
Formula 1 Calendar
Previous Grand Prix: 12 November 2017
BR Grand Prix of Brazil Grand Prix of Brazil
Next Grand Prix: 26 November 2017
AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi