Mercedes chief Toto Wolff sends stern warning to Red Bull after placing faith in the FIA


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he hopes there will be “enough repercussions” from Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to ensure a clean title decider in Abu Dhabi after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen clashed controversially in Jeddah. Verstappen was hit with two penalties on Sunday after the FIA had ordered the Red Bull driver to give Hamilton back the lead after gaining an advantage after the first red-flagged restart.

The FIA race director Michael Masi gave Red Bull an option during the second suspended period, to either drop behind Hamilton or Verstappen would be investigated for overtaking the Briton off-track prior to the race being suspended.

But the Dutchman made a similar move into Turn 1 and was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an advantage by going off track at the restart.

The FIA demanded the Red Bull driver give back the place, but on lap 37 the two collided when Verstappen slowed to give Hamilton back the position, which the stewards deemed “erratic” handing the Dutchman a 10-second time penalty after the race for the incident.

Hamilton called the move “sudden” but regained the lead and went on to win the race in Jeddah and level the points with Verstappen heading into the title decider in Abu Dhabi.

But Wolff admits he was left with a bitter taste in his mouth after the race, which he described as “spectacular” but “not a good race.”

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