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F1: Toto Wolff admits Lewis Hamilton and himself are ‘disillusioned’ over controversial finale

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff will SNUB the FIA prize-giving gala in Paris, the place Max Verstappen will decide up the trophy for his F1 championship win, because the defeated group principal admits they are each ‘disillusioned’

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has revealed his anger on the controversial approach Lewis Hamilton was denied the world championship on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Wolff talking publicly for the primary time since Sunday’s race and in a fiery press convention that lasted for round 40 minutes revealed that he’ll ‘by no means overcome the ache’ of the dramatic previous couple of laps that noticed Hamilton lose out to Max Verstappen.

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Wolff is not going to attend the normal prize giving gala held by the FIA on Thursday night time in Paris, the place new world champion Max Verstappen will acquire his championship trophy.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has spoken publicly for the first time since Sunday's controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has spoken publicly for the primary time since Sunday’s controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes have been left in a match of rage after Verstappen handed Hamilton on the ultimate lap on the Yas Marina circuit to pip his fierce title rival to the world championship.

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With the FIA race director Michael Masi permitting simply the automobiles inbetween Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves a lap prior, Mercedes protested that sporting rules weren’t adopted.

However, the FIA quickly threw out their claims after the race and on Thursday the group determined to not attraction the choice.

Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday how the influential matter in Mercedes standing down got here from Hamilton who was in opposition to the thought of profitable a file eighth world championship in a courtroom room.

Wolff revealed that whereas Hamilton and himself will snub the Gala, Mercedes would nonetheless be represented by chief technical officer James Allison who will acquire the group’s Constructors championship trophy which they in comfort they retained forward of Red Bull on the Abu Dhabi finale.

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‘Both of us will not be there,’ Wolff added. ‘I will not be there due to my loyalty to Lewis and due to my very own private integrity.

‘But we can be represented as a group by James Allison, who can be taking the trophy on behalf of all of the individuals in Brackley and Brixworth who ought to have fun our eighth consecutive world championship title, who should be celebrated, as a result of it is a implausible achievement that we are very happy with.”

Ironically, Hamilton’s absence from the Gala is a breach of F1 rules – with the highest three championship finishers mandated to attend.

Article 6.6 of F1’s Sporting Regulations states: ‘The drivers ending first, second and third within the Championship have to be current on the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony.’

It is unclear whether or not the FIA will take additional motion in opposition to the seven-time world champion.

Hamilton has but to talk out over his last-lap heartbreak that may go down as probably the most dramatic endings to a season within the historical past of Formula One.

But Wolff confirmed that the 36-year-old was nonetheless hurting from Sunday the place he was magnanimous in defeat and sportingly congratulated Verstappen on his success. 

‘Lewis and I are disillusioned in the mean time,’ Wolff mentioned. ‘We are not disillusioned with the game – we love the game with each bone in our physique and we like it as a result of the stopwatch by no means lies.

‘But if we break that elementary principal of sporting equity and authenticity of the game then immediately the stopwatch doesn’t turn into related anymore as a result of we are uncovered to random decision-making, that it’s clear you could fall out of affection with.

‘That you begin to query if all of the work you may have been placing in – all of the sweat, tears and blood – can really be demonstrated by way of being the very best efficiency on observe, as a result of it may be taken away randomly.

‘So it’s going to take a very long time for us to digest what has occurred on Sunday, I don’t suppose we are going to ever get over it. That’s not doable. And definitely not as a driver. We won’t ever overcome the ache and the misery that was brought about on Sunday.

‘Many of [the] values and beliefs have been kicked on Sunday. So I might very a lot hope that Lewis continues racing as a result of he’s the best driver of all time. When you have a look at it from the standpoint of the final 4 races he was dominant, there was not even a doubt who received the race. And that was worthy of profitable the world championship.

‘So we can be working by the occasions over the subsequent weeks and months. I feel as a racer his coronary heart will say “I must proceed” as a result of he’s on the peak of his sport, however now we have to beat the ache that was brought about upon him on Sunday, additionally as a result of he’s a person with clear values and it’s obscure that that occurred.’

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