F1: FIA slaps Toto Wolff’s wrists

Toto Wolff visited the stewards at the British Grand Prix when they were investigating the incident involving Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull Racing strongly criticised the incident and now the FIA agrees with the objections made by the Austrian racing team.

Christian Horner called it ‘very unfortunate’ that he would try to impose his will on their decision making. Formula One teams have been told this week that they will be penalized if an uninvited member of staff visits the stewards at a time when a case is still under investigation and no decision has yet been made.

FIA director Michael Masi sent the new directive to all teams on Wednesday, PA news agency reported. The purpose of the email was that Masi wanted to “clarify the way in which a competitor, its duly authorized representatives and/or drivers are granted access to the stewards’ office.”

“Access to the stewards’ office is strictly limited to the stewards, the stewards’ secretary and the stewards operator. Admission is only permitted with the prior approval of the stewards or following a decision of the stewards to summons a competitor and/or driver. Any competitor or person associated with a competitor who does not comply with the requirements outlined above may be considered to have breached Article 12.2.1.i of the International Sporting Code. We trust that the above is clear.”

Toto Wolff gets away with obvious infraction because Lewis Hamilton is their favorite ‘pet’ driver – Steve Etherington Photo