“Diplomacy is over”

The teams packed up Sao Paulo and are heading to Qatar, where this weekend the first Formula 1 grand prix will be held at the Losail circuit. The World Cup comes hot in the standings, with only 14 points of advantage for Verstappen over Hamilton, and in the ‘pit-lane’, with crossfire between Red Bull and Mercedes that has experienced its peak in Interlagos: Red Bull complained to the FIA ​​because they suspected the Mercedes wing, The tests confirmed that there were irregularities in Lewis’s DRS, they disqualified him, he came back from the last place, the two fought on the track, they went through the grass, Masi did not sanction and in the end, Hamilton won.

The less diplomatic Toto Wolff showed up after the race. If at the end of the sprint he blurted out that “fuck them, Lewis”, hours after the grand prix and still hot, he protested that Max was not sanctioned after forcing Hamilton off the asphalt: “Max’s wrong defense, absolutely over the edge, and Lewis avoids contact. That must have been a five-second penalty and Max probably knows it. I am amused. “Everything after the ‘DRSGate’ that has bothered Mercedes so much because, they judge, is unfair:” A part of our wing broke, we couldn’t look at it, we didn’t pass the test, we couldn’t analyze it, they penalized us, and while Red Bull repairs the rear wing several times in parc fermé without consequences. “

The Mercedes boss formalizes a change of position in relations: “I don’t want to protest, it’s not how I conceive sport. They have punched us many times in the face, several decisions that could be decided for or against and all were against. I am angry about that. I will defend my team, but diplomacy is over. “ “I agree if you want to race hard like this Sunday, if the race director’s guidelines have been broken, but if one driver throws another off the track (without penalty) it is not very consistent. My discussion (with Masi) It was not broadcast, but my reaction did, so we’ll talk about it behind closed doors “, holds.

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How are the dog and the cat, after the race Red Bull complained to the stewards because Hamilton unbuttoned himself in the car, while driving, to take a Brazilian flag with which he later rose to the podium. An inelegant move by Horner to punctuate the celebrations with a visit to the commissars, something like blowing up the sprinklers in the middle of the party.

But it is nothing that was not expected after everything that has happened throughout 2021. Enumerating: in Bahrain, Hamilton won when Verstappen returned the position to him for having passed him by exceeding the limits of the track. Before the summer Mercedes complained because the Red Bull wings were excessively flexible, and forced them to be redesigned to meet new demands in technical tests. After Paul Ricard, Wolff and Hamilton slipped that the latest evolution of the Honda engine included an extra performance prohibited by regulation. At Silverstone the two pilots collided, with more guilt and penalty for Hamilton, and still won the race. In Monza they collided again, with more guilt for Max and abandonment of both. The comb that the Dutchman dedicated to the Englishman in Austin’s training sessions seems like child’s play. This is war and there are two World Cups at stake.

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