Wolff sees similarities between Alonso’s time penalty and Verstappen’s controversial title victory

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Wolff sees similarities between Alonso’s time penalty and Verstappen’s controversial title victory

Toto Wolff thinks the punishment Fernando Alonso received after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is ​​comparable to how the FIA ​​acted after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In conversation with Channel 4, the Mercedes team boss mainly refers to the fact that the motorsport body should not make hasty decisions.

According to Wolff, that has happened in both cases and that must change. “Firstly, the penalty was very severe, because Fernando and Aston Martin deserved to be on the podium from a performance point of view.” The two-time world champion was penalized for incorrectly collecting an earlier time penalty. However, after the race, the second penalty was revoked.

Wolff thinks that is not possible and hopes for change by the FIA. “We have to look at the regulations in the hope that something can be adjusted, because it didn’t affect the race,” he says of Alonso’s second time penalty. “I’d rather the FIA ​​get to the right decisions than be too quick and fall into something that isn’t right.”

Wolff familiar with hasty decisions FIA

However, a decision by the then race management did affect the race in Abu Dhabi 2021. Then, after a late neutralization, the race was resumed in the very last lap. Max Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton on new tires to win the championship, while not leading once except for that one lap. Despite this, Alonso’s situation is reminiscent of Abu Dhabi for Wolff.

The Austrian explains that he is familiar with hasty decisions by the FIA. “We’ve been a victim of that in 2021, when the entertainment was all about a quick decision and it robbed the best driver in the championship. So in that respect I think I’d rather not go for the podium and have the right result afterwards.”

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