Dismissing criticism from Crimson Bull for its post-race celebrations at Silverstone, Toto Wolff insists Mercedes was given the all-clear on Max Verstappen by the FIA and the Austrian staff itself.
Among the many criticism levelled at Mercedes on Sunday, was the truth that the German staff celebrated its victory whereas Max Verstappen was nonetheless hospitalised. Certainly, the Dutch driver himself was important of the post-race scenes, labelling them “disrespectful”, as had been the ‘ugly twosome’ Christian Horner and Helmut Marko.
Nonetheless, Toto Wolff insists that the celebrations solely went forward after his staff acquired the all-clear on the Dutch driver’s situation from the FIA and Crimson Bull itself.
It is essential to grasp all of the suggestions that we acquired,” Wolff tells Motorsport.com. “We had the suggestions from senior administration of Crimson Bull that Max was tremendous. Christian talked about it to Michael Masi on the intercom that he is unhurt and tremendous, and the FIA gave us related suggestions.
“So at no level would we now have celebrated if Max would have been injured… I feel that is crucial to grasp.”
The Austrian reveals that whereas race-winner Hamilton was suggested that Verstappen was out of his automobile and okay shortly after the accident, it was solely on the put up race interview that he was instructed that the Dutch driver had been hospitalised.
“Lewis requested, even within the automobile as he was passing the accident, whether or not he was out of the automobile,” mentioned Wolff. “He obtained the response that he was out of the automobile himself.”
Requested if Hamilton was notified that Verstappen had actually been hospitalised, the Austrian added: “The one info we obtained was that Max was tremendous, and that is why there was no must additional elaborate to Lewis.
“We should not neglect that we received a grand prix after 5 detrimental weekends,” he continued. “It was Lewis profitable the British Grand Prix, and it is clear that that makes the feelings go excessive.
“So far as the feedback that had been made, typically defamatory, typically very private, I feel everybody must do it their method. We simply see it, however from my standpoint, there may be nothing actually to say to that.”