Toto Wolff gave an update on Lewis Hamilton after his defeat in Abu Dhabi, saying that it took a big toll on him mentally.
Hamilton had an eighth world championship in his sights until he was dealt an absolutely shambolic end of the stick. The bizarre decision from the FIA made sure that his ate wasn’t in his hands, and he ended up losing the race and his championship.
It was the most heartbreaking and devastating way to lose. The seven-time world champion has not commented on the incident since, with many pondering his future in the sport.
Wolff gave an update on Hamilton, and remarked that it will take a while for him to come to terms with the travesty at Yas Marina.
“It is going to take a long time to digest what has happened on Sunday. I don’t think we will ever get over it, that’s not possible,” he said, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“But we have to overcome the pain that was caused upon him on Sunday, also because he is a man with clear values and it is difficult for him to understand how that happened.
“I just have to do the utmost that I can to help him overcome this, in order for him to return strong and with a love of the sport and trust in the decision-making of the sport next year, and I wish very much that will be the case.”
“It wasn’t just a bad call, it was a freestyle reading of the rules and it left Lewis like a sitting duck,” the Austrian continued.
“His driving in the last four races was faultless. He had a commanding lead on Sunday in Abu Dhabi from the get-go. He won the start and never gave the lead away again, and robbing him in the last lap of the race is unacceptable.
“We believe we had a very strong case and if you looked at it from the legal side how it would have been judged in a regular court it is almost guaranteed that we would have won.
“But the problem with the FIA is the way it’s structured. The FIA can’t really mark their own homework, and there is a difference between being right and obtaining justice,” he concluded.