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Wolff: 'This time the FIA accepted that it ended behind the safety car'.

11 September at 16:35
  • GPblog.com

Toto Wolff believes that the race director acted correctly during the Italian Grand Prix. The race was not restarted behind the safety car. The Mercedes team principal seemingly had Abu Dhabi on his mind. 

"You can see we are third on the road so that was the maximum. It was enjoyable at the beginning. I think it's all to play, we are 35 points behind with 6 races left. We just need to do the best and see if we come out second," Wolff began in conversation with Sky Sports.

"It would maybe soften the blow, but there is more blows when we end up 30 seconds behind the leader. That is the gap we need to catch up." The W13 generally performs better on twistier tracks, so it was no surprise to Mercedes that the fast Monza circuit did not suit them. In addition, Lewis Hamilton had to start at the back of the grid due to his grid penalties. In the end, the Briton recovered well to finish in P5, while George Russell was back on the podium.

Wolff: 'Race control followed the rules this time'

In the closing stages of the race, Daniel Ricciardo had to park his car at the side of the track, causing a safety car to be deployed. In the end, the race was not restarted because the removal of the McLaren took too long. The Ferrari fans were clearly not happy with that decision, because there were big cheers after the race. Wolff believes the FIA made the right decision. "The race direction is always going to be under critisism. This time they followed the rules and accepted it and finished behind the safety car. This is how it should be."