Wolff calls for stewards’ decision to be “respected”

Canadian Grand Prix – Toto Wolff has called for the stewards decision to hand Sebastian Vettel a five-second time penalty to be respected.

Mercedes secured their seventh victory in a row after Lewis Hamilton profited from a decision to give Vettel a five-second time penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner.

Vettel ran wide at turn three whilst under pressure from Hamilton, rejoining after turn four and prompting evasive action from the Mercedes.

This was deemed to be unsafe enough to warrant a time penalty, which was applied at the end of the race, demoting Vettel to second.

When speaking to Sky SportsĀ after the race, Wolff conceded that his allegiance to Mercedes would factor into his own decision-making, but ultimately backed the decision to hand the Ferrari driver a five-second time penalty.

“I am of course bias towards Mercedes and if there is a rule that says you need to leave a car’s width when you go off the track and I think his instinctive reaction was ‘I need to protect this position’ even if it was a tiny bit too far.

“If you’re a Ferrari fan, or somebody who’s keen on seeing hard racing, then I think you’d like to see a bit more bumper cars.

“The race stewards are people who need to be supported. There’s Emanuele [Pirro] up there, it doesn’t get any more professional or experienced than Emanuele, and I think that they’ve looked at the incident and that needs to be respected. We shouldn’t ignite it even more.”

He added that he believed decisions going for or against a driver are just part of the sport.

“In Monaco, Valtteri [Bottas] was squeezed against the pit wall, and we thought that the five second penalty [handed to Max Verstappen] was a bit lenient. We didn’t complain about it, we just took it. Sometimes decisions go for you, sometimes they go against you.”

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Luke Murphy

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