Mercedes’ Toto Wolff insists on taking the Belgian Grand Prix’s washout “on the chin.”
As heavy rain disrupted operations at Spa, Wolff was dissatisfied with some of the decisions taken by the organisers, but now the Mercedes chief is focused on the next race, with Red Bull close behind.
Toto Wolff stated that his Mercedes team must take the extraordinary occurrences of the Belgian Grand Prix “in the chin” and move on. Despite only three circuits completed behind a safety car and no overtaking allowed due to the bad weather, half-points were given in Spa.
The defeat meant the Silver Arrows and its title contender Lewis Hamilton lost ground to Red Bull and Max Verstappen, who are chasing them in both the drivers’ and constructors’ rankings.
Hamilton was forthright in his assessment of the issue, informing Sky Sports F1 executives that they had “made a horrible choice” and labeling the entire event as a “farce” on Instagram.
Mercedes boss Wolff was equally critical of how the situation was handled, complimenting the FIA for not completely beginning the race due to safety concerns but expressing his disappointment with the half-points awarded.
He told Austrian TV ORF, “These half-points are frustrating, but that’s the way the regulations are.”
“Not starting the race was the proper decision, although the procedure behind the safety car should certainly have been skipped.”
People had “all grounds to be outraged” about what had happened, he continued, but he didn’t want to linger on things that couldn’t be altered.
“Half points were awarded when it was undoubtedly expected that the weather would not improve,” Wolff continued.
“However, it is what it is.” And I guess you just have to take it in stride, close the chapter on this race, and go on.
“In a way, we have to thank the spectators who have been there for three days in the rain, waiting for a race to take place.
“However, as a team, we lost some points, so we must go on.”
In a title fight that appears destined to go down to the wire, Hamilton’s lead at the top of the drivers’ standings has been trimmed to just three points.
The constructors’ standings are just as tight, with Red Bull trailing Mercedes by only seven points in their bid to dethrone Mercedes for the first time since 2013.
Wolff is well aware of his. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”