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F1 | Italian GP | Wolff "really satisfied to see that there is a race director and colleagues that apply the regulations"

Toto Wolff was pleased by the fact race direction followed their own rules at Monza by finishing behind the Safety Car.

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F1 | Italian GP | Wolff "really satisfied to see that there is a race director and colleagues that apply the regulations"
Fuente imagen: Mercedes AMG F1 Team

In spite of a lot frustration for Horner and Binotto at how the Italian Grand Prix concluded, one team boss who was pleased to see the regulations were followed was Toto Wolff. The Mercedes boss and team are still feeling the pain of what happened in Abu Dhabi last December.

Despite intense pressure from some quarters for the race to be red-flagged following Daniel Ricciardo’s problem and the slow removal of his McLaren, the race finished behind the Safety Car.

In a post-race media session with MotorLAT and other selected media outlets, Wolff explained that they followed the rules perfectly.

“[It’s] Very clear. There is rules and they’re written down. From my perspective, whether I am Abu Dhabi traumatised or not, these rules have been followed to the dot today.

“There was a car on the track, there was marshals and a crane out there. That’s why they didn’t let anybody overtake. And then there was not enough time to restart the race once all cars catch up.”

Wolff went on to explain multiple times that should people within the sport want exciting finishes, the regulations need changing first.

“If one is not happy with the regulations, and you want to have a big bang show with two laps of racing and mayhem, I think I am absolutely up for it. But then we need to change the regulations.

“I don’t think we should complain about anything that happened because this is the rules.

“You red flag a race if someone is in the wall, if the track is blocked. You red flag a race because you can’t pass anymore or something has happened. Why do you red flag a race just because you want to have a show for one or two laps?

“Change the regulations. We have discussed with the FIA let’s change the regulations, we want to really have some top last laps of racing. I’m lifting my hand for that. But it’s not in the regulations today.”

Following the removal of Michael Masi as race director after that conclusion in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2021, Wolff is satisfied to see that the race directors can stick to the letter of the law.

“I’m really satisfied to see that there is a race director and colleagues that apply the regulations against the pressure of the media, of the fans and everybody to just be in breach of the regulations.

“At least Abu Dhabi, in that sense, gave the FIA a more robust confidence to apply the regulations.”

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