Wolff compares Abu Dhabi GP incident to Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’

Toto Wolff compared the infamous Abu Dhabi GP incident to Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal.

Wolff and Mercedes were absolutely mugged off by the FIA, having been hard done by a breaking of the rules on the last lap. The farcical decision cost them the Drivers’ Championship and a championship double for the eighth consecutive year.

Lewis Hamilton lost the chance to become an eight-time world champion. The English getting the short end of the stick in sport is nothing new. In fact, one shiny example of it came during the 1986 FIFA World Cup, when Maradona scored an illegal goal against England.

Wolff compared the Abu Dhabi GP incident to Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal, and lamented the injustice of what happened at Yas Marina.  

“It is definitely on a par with the ‘Hand of God’ by Diego Maradona or the Wembley goal from 1966,” he said, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.

When asked if Hamilton was robbed of the title, the Austrian replied, “No. An inconsistent decision by the Race Director took the title away from Lewis.”

Wolff (pictured) was disillusioned with the FIA’s decision. Source: RN365


“We decided together that we would protest and wanted to carefully consider a possible appeal,” he explained.

“We decided together not to do this. The FIA would have been a defendant and a judge at the same time.

“This releases a feeling of powerlessness. Just like on Sunday in the last lap, that’s how I felt as a child.

“Lewis and I are still completely disaffected. My heart and soul still cry with every pore.

“When the principles of sport are disregarded and the stopwatch is no longer worth anything, one begins to question whether all the work, blood, sweat and tears are worth it,” he concluded.

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