MERCEDES team leader Toto Wolff unleashed a rage after Max Verstappen ‘tests the brakes’ Lewis Hamilton during the Saudi Grand Prix – near the end of the F1 title race in the process.
Street racing has proven to be one of the most thrilling races in years and has been TWICE red flag.
And the Dutch player twice had to give way to Mercedes driving which he has obtained illegally.
That’s because he held on to it by forcing the seven-time champion off the track.
Red Bull was asked to give Hamilton the lead and Verstappen slowed down when he ran to the final corner.
But the Merc driver ran right behind him, causing damage to his front wing – and both drivers believed the other was at fault.
Mercedes team leader Wolff watched angrily before getting up and tossing his headphones down in a fit of rage, fearing Hamilton’s title comeback had drowned in the water.
Hamilton was later heard over the radio: “He just put the brakes on me!
“It’s dangerous driving.”
The incident will be investigated by managers after the race, which could see Verstappen end up in more trouble.
The race continued with Verstappen remaining in the lead until he was slapped with a five-second penalty, essentially ending his fight.
That helped Hamilton win, with the two drivers currently on points to advance into the final race of the season.
Hamilton said afterwards: “It was extremely difficult and I tried to be as tough and reasonable as possible.
“I have absolutely no idea why he suddenly braked and then I ran behind him. Then he moved on and I didn’t understand what was going on.
“Then I got a text that he was going to let me through so it was kind of funny.”
Wolff told Sky Sports: “I don’t think this is done yet. Lewis deserves it, he may have been out a few times with a broken wing. It was a spectacular race, but not a good one.
“Telemeter shows him [Verstappen] slowing down, then accelerating, then slowing down again. Lewis doesn’t know [if he was being allowed to move ahead], which is the wrong message string.
“We need to look at the managers and they look at the telemetry and make a judgment.
“It’s a disappointing level and I need to reserve judgment until I see the race again tomorrow.
“Driving needs to be assessed and reviewed. It’s hard, it’s very difficult, it can be off-limits. We just want a clean and consistent championship that will win.
“If it’s Max, I’m okay with that but we need it to be a fair race. Max has more wins so it’s still an advantage.
“The important thing is to have a great, great race at the end of the season, with two great drivers racing each other. It’s going down the rope and that’s how it should be.”
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