Wolff clar­i­fies call to Ver­stap­pen Sr

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Mercedes team head Toto Wolff in­sists there was noth­ing wrong with his phone call to Jos Ver­stap­pen prior to the Brazil­ian GP, dur­ing which Max Ver­stap­pen’s driv­ing was dis­cussed.

Red Bull Rac­ing boss Chris­tian Horner re­vealed be­fore last week­end’s race that Wolff tele­phoned Ver­stap­pen Sr for a chat about his son, in­clud­ing his driv­ing style on track. The call fol­lows a clash be­tween Ver­stap­pen Jr and ti­tle-chaser Nico Ros­berg in Mex­ico.

When pressed about the call, Wolff said: “The con­ver­sa­tion was just two rac­ing en­thu­si­asts that had a pri­vate dis­cus­sion and it’s been dragged out in the pub­lic.

“I said Max is a great driver, has in­cred­i­ble skill and he’s re­fresh­ing as a char­ac­ter. Out­side of the Red Bull team I’m a re­ally big fan.

“The last thing I want is for him to change his style. I didn’t say move out of our way or race dif­fer­ently. I don’t think Lewis [Hamil­ton] or Nico care. They don’t ex­pect him to race any dif­fer­ently.

“I dis­cussed two things: first there has been a neg­a­tive spin in some me­dia about his driv­ing, which I said was un­jus­ti­fied. Num­ber two was that it’s two races to the end and if an ac­ci­dent would hap­pen with Lewis or Nico, it would be some­thing to add more neg­a­tives in the me­dia, and this can be avoided.”

When asked af­ter the race what he made of Ver­stap­pen’s star per­for­mance, Wolff said: “It was the Ver­stap­pen show! It was re­ally un­be­liev­able driv­ing. Physics are be­ing re­de­fined.”

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