Following Valtteri Bottas’ mistake that triggered a domino effect, causing prejudice to multiple drivers including championship contender Max Verstappen, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff publicly apologized to Red Bull.
Today’s Hungarian Grand Prix was shaken by a massive crash during the opening lap of the event. One of the main actors of the stunt was Mercedes’ Bottas. The Finnish driver misjudged his braking zone and ended up in the rear of Lando Norris’ car.
The Briton was brutally sent to the right side of Verstappen’s car, damaging some precious aerodynamical pieces of the RB16B. The Dutchman then qualified his car as “almost impossible to drive”. Asked if he wanted to apologize following the event, Wolff did not hesitate.
“I will do it in public like I’m doing it here. I’m sorry for that,” the team boss said.
“It’s a small mistake that caused so much, you know, such a big accident costing them a lot of points and possibly two cars on the podium.”
“All I can do is to take it on us. It was a small mistake being too late, too late on the brakes and took out Lando and the two Red Bulls and, you know, it’s not how things should go, but in the rain, it can be quite, quite tricky.”
“I think he got sandwiched, then the moment they closed, they braked a tiny bit later and then he was too late.”
The pill will probably remain hard to swallow for Red Bull that lost some precious ground to Mercedes in the drivers’ and constructors’ championships. The Austrian outlet is now standing 10 points behind their German opponents in the constructors’ championship, as Verstappen also lost the lead of the drivers’ championship. The Dutchman is now standing in second position, 6 points behind Hamilton.