It takes two to tango, says Wolff in defence of Hamilton


Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff defended British Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton after a primary lap collision with Red Bull’s Formula One chief Max Verstappen on Sunday.

The high-speed incident at Silverstone ended Verstappen’s race and slashed the Dutch driver’s championship lead from 33 factors to eight after 10 rounds.

Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty for inflicting a collision, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner angrily denouncing the seven-times world champion for an beginner and ‘determined’ move.

“Everybody has an opinion, and that’s OK,” Wolff informed reporters in response.

“Of course each staff can have a sure bias in direction of incidents like that.

“It is a situation that I guess we all have seen in the past when great drivers race with each other. When nobody is prepared to give in, then these kind of situations can happen. But for me it takes two to tango.”

Wolff mentioned had the incident occurred at a decrease velocity nook, the outcry would have been far much less.

“The stewards think 10 seconds was appropriate, I guess because both drivers were part of the accident, not one alone,” he added.

“It’s always much more nuanced.”

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