Toto Wolff has revealed his opinion regarding the stewards’ decision to exclude Lewis Hamilton from the Sao Paulo GP qualifying standings.
- Wolff believes that the rear wing of Hamilton’s car was partly damaged and they did not expect a penalty for that.
- The Mercedes team principal disagrees with the decision, but respects it.
What he had to say:
- “Until late this afternoon we believed that it was okay because the wing was damaged. One side was okay, the middle was okay, the right was not okay.”
- “That means we actually had a performance disadvantage. And we thought that, in consideration of all these aspects, the FIA would say there was damage and therefore, we weren’t in breach of the regulations. They also said there was nothing that happened with intent from our side.”
- “We were reading ‘disqualified’ which honestly I couldn’t believe. I thought that Ron Meadows [the Mercedes sporting director] was taking a joke when I saw the WhatsApp. So strange things happen but you have to take it on the chin.”
- “In the past, sometimes there was a common sense buffer that didn’t exist yesterday or today,” he said. “But it’s all to the dot within the regulations so you need to respect that.