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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff admits that the ‘Wikipedia comment’ he made after the Dutchman’s record performance in Monza was not his best moment.
In Monza, Max Verstappen won his tenth race in a row and no one has done it before and his team Red Bull won the fifteenth race in a row, breaking a record held by Mercedes.
After the race, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff showed himself to be a sore loser by stating that such records were only good for a place on Wikipedia and he subtly mentioned “that no one reads this anyway”.
On Friday in Singapore, the Austrian took stock and admitted that it was wrong of him to dismiss the records of Verstappen and Red Bull as a fait divers.
“Was that the most intelligent thing I could have said? Maybe not,” Wolff said. “But it has always been my mentality and something I picked up from Niki. Niki gave away his trophies to get a free wash.”
“You won’t find much memorabilia with me either, because those statistics have never mattered to either of us.”
But Wolff thinks the fact that he doesn’t care about those records does not detract from Max Verstappen’s performance.
“Formula 1 is a meritocracy,” he added. “And I’ve said it many times this year that only the best can win world championships and you have to recognize what a great job is being done there.”
“And at the end they take away a big trophy and that is the most valuable. The best person in the best car wins the world championship.”