Wolff does not want Perez Monaco crash investigated


Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has said that he does not want Sergio Perez’s crash at Monaco to be investigated.

The crash was put under renewed focus following the Brazilian Grand Prix, where it was claimed that Max Verstappen did not follow team orders because of the incident.

Verstappen is said to believe that his teammate crashed deliberately to secure pole position while he was on a better lap earlier in the season.

FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem said the governing body were open to investigating the crash, if a formal complaint was put through by teams.

But the Mercedes boss said that it would be difficult to prove given the limited GPS around the track, and also would not like to see any further “PR crisis” around the matter.

“We haven’t got the data, Monaco is always pretty bad on GPS [data],” said Wolff to media, including RacingNews365.com.

“I’ve known Sergio for a long time, would a driver really put his car in the wall and risk his gearbox?

“In the way that it was done, you could be going all the way to the back of the grid with such an incident.

“For me, if you want to park your car, you do it in a different way.

“We’ve had enough PR crisis in the last couple of weeks around that team and I think we don’t need another one.”

Rules around flags

The discussion around whether drivers should have their laps deleted if they cause a red flag or double yellow, was raised at the Formula 1 Commission this weekend.

Wolff said he is open to the idea of adopting the rule, which exists in IndyCar and Formula E.

“This is a good idea. I think it exists in Formula E if I’m not mistaken, where your quickest lap is deleted. So that’s something that we can implement,” he commented.

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