At the British Grand Prix, Toto Wolff sent a communication to the FIA based on Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Toto Wolff’s communication included details on Lewis Hamilton and his former teammate Nico Rosberg. The message was sent during the contentious British General Election.
Toto Wolff’s email to the FIA during the highly publicized British Grand Prix at Silverstone was actually about Lewis Hamilton and his former teammate Nico Rosberg.
According to Motorsport-Total.com, the document sent by the Mercedes team principal was not an official document, as had been indicated previously.
The diagram “was never an official FIA document,” according to the World Automobile Federation, and it was never published as such or circulated as an official guideline.
The email was about a 2015 incident involving the seven-time Formula One winner and the 2016 champion, which caused tensions within the Mercedes team to rise.
Mercedes approached the FIA after the incident and inquired about the stewards’ handling of wheel-to-wheel duels on the circuit.
The team received a schematic in response, the identical one Toto gave to the FIA following Hamilton’s accident with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on lap one of the 2021 British Grand Prix.
The illustration was proven to be unofficial material supplied just to Mercedes to assist with their enquiry.
Michael Masi, the FIA Formula One Race Director since 2019, has no idea where the diagram came from and was perplexed as to why it would be used to aid decision-making when it is not an official document.
Mercedes justified Hamilton’s race maneuver, saying he did so “in accordance with the FIA’s overtaking guidelines.”
“Lewis’ technique was completely compliant with the FIA’s overtaking guidelines,” they declared. If you overtake inside, the rule states that you must be seen next to the other vehicle.
“Being in front is not necessary; you must be at the corner entry and clearly off. Lewis, on the other hand, was clearly off. His front axle was much ahead of Verstappen’s car’s center.”
Mercedes’ Head of Technology, James Allison, stressed that the overtaking driver must make the bend cleanly, which was also included in Mercedes’ graphic.
“You must make the corner and not leave the track or lose control of the car,” he explained. That must be accomplished.
“If you can take the corner and you’re clearly next to the other car,” says Brinkwire.