Wolff regrets his radio comments – “Team managers shouldn’t be allowed to speak directly to the race director”

Toto Wolff expressed regret over his radio comments this season, saying that he probably overstepped on a few occasions.

Wolff was the season’s best radio jockey, as he dropped one too many iconic lines on radio this season. The most amazing one would probably have to be “No, Michael, no, that was so not right.”

It capped off a season of radio battles between Wolff and the FIA, an addition that wasn’t too welcome among fans. With it being such a problem, those in charge have decided to tone it down, something the Austrian wholeheartedly agreed with.

Wolff expressed regret over his radio comments, and said that he has realised the error in his ways.  

As reported by Motorsport.com, the Mercedes team principal said, “I equally blame Ross (Brawn) and myself because we have been part of the decision making to broadcast more of the channels for the purpose of transparency and entertainment for the fans.

Wolff (pictured) had some iconic radio lines this season. Source: Steve Etherington

“There is so much going on on the intercom that giving fans a little bit of an overview of all the little dramas that happen, like is the car breaking down, are we having some kind of strategy discussions, was meant well. But I think we overshot.”

At fault

“I need to take myself by the nose, and Christian (Horner),” he continued.

“We were given the opportunity to talk to the race director directly, and because we fight so fiercely for the interests of our teams all of us overstepped. It certainly was part of the failures this year that under pressure from the team principals also the race director’s life wasn’t made easier, certainly.

“We need to come back. I think team principals shouldn’t speak directly to the race director, it should be the sporting directors.

“I will go one step further and say I don’t think sporting directors should be lobbying race director or exercising pressure. They should be pointing to situations that the race director or his colleagues might not have spotted, but not lobby, not pressurise.”

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