Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle launched a heavy criticism of Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, saying that his behaviour at Abu Dhabi was completely uncalled for.
Wolff became a complete meme with his theatrics at Abu Dhabi. Although he had every reason to be angry, he was up to his usual games before the trouble hit the fan.
The Austrian was continuously in Race Director Michael Masi’s ear from Lap 1. He was irate when the rules were broken and his driver affected, and “No, Michael, no” became an instant classic.
However, Brundle launched a heavy criticism of Wolff, saying that he had no business doing what he did at Yas Marina.
As quoted by GP Fans, when asked on a Sky Sports F1 show if teams need to be banned from talking to the FIA, Brundle said, “One hundred per cent.
“In the first safety car incident (in Abu Dhabi) when (Antonio) Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo broke down some way from a service road, we had Toto on the radio to Masi saying ‘Hey Michael, no safety car’, trying to influence a safety decision.
“(It is) completely unacceptable and Toto knows that. We can’t have that.”
“What used to happen in the Herbie (Blash) and Charlie (Whiting) days is they would get on the radio to Charlie and Herbie would go ‘He (Whiting) is busy at the moment. He will get back to you’,” Brundle continued.
“Of course, he didn’t because Charlie was busy sorting out the mess that was on track and working to understand when the race could be restarted.
“For me, it was one of the most uncomfortable aspects of the season. We saw it in Saudi Arabia, Silverstone, team principals up in the stewards’ office trying to remonstrate with them mid-race. That has got to stop.
“Can you imagine a (football) manager running on the pitch and remonstrating and telling a referee the decisions he is going to be making next? No, you can’t have that,” he concluded.