Toto Wolff, the team principal and CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, has once again expressed his frustration and anger over the controversial ending to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, two years after the race took place.
In an interview with FirstSportz, Wolff reaffirmed his “personal anger” over the race, which saw Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton lose the championship to Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen in the final laps. The race was marred by a controversial decision to allow lapped cars to un-lap themselves before a late restart, which ultimately gave Verstappen the advantage he needed to pass Hamilton and secure the championship.
Wolff has been a vocal critic of the way the race was handled, and his recent comments show that he has not moved on from the events of that fateful day. “My personal anger has not ebbed away,” said Wolff. “I understand that’s part of the past but it hasn’t fully gone away.”
The controversy surrounding the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has continued to be a point of contention in the Formula One community, with fans and experts weighing in on the fairness of the decision that ultimately decided the championship.
Wolff’s latest comments serve as a reminder that the events of that day still weigh heavily on him and the Mercedes team, and it is clear that the wounds from that race have not fully healed. As the Formula One world gears up for the 2023 season, it remains to be seen how the fallout from the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will continue to impact the sport.