Toto Wolff Concerned Crash Could Settle Title Battle

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The championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen could be decided by an on-track collision at the final race, according to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

There are many memorable Formula 1 championships that have been decided by crashes, such as the two collisions between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna in 1989 and 1990 but also in 1994 when Michael Schumacher won his first title against Damon Hill and again in 1997 when Jacques Villeneuve beat Schumacher.

This year’s championship battle may go down to the final race in Abu Dhabi since Verstappen and Hamilton are separated by just 12 points.

Wolff would not be surprised if a third collision decides the title this year, after they collided twice already this year at the British and Italian Grands Prix.

“If it was to come to the scenario of the last race in Abu Dhabi and they were to be racing each other for the title, whoever is in front [on points] is absolutely going to try to do the same as in the Senna-Prost years,” Wolff told the Daily Mail.

“What happened in Monza? Verstappen took Lewis out because he was about to overtake and he was quicker. And that is totally understandable.

“If you are racing for the championship and you see it fading away because the other guy is overtaking you, what tool have you got other than the one that makes sure he can’t overtake? We’ve seen it with Schumacher and Villeneuve, we saw it with Senna and Prost twice.

“I would never give the instruction to crash into anyone else but if they go to that last race and whoever is in front wins the championship, they will be racing each other, hard.

“And I don’t think you can control it, Hamilton and Verstappen, I don’t think you want to control it because they are the gladiators in their machines. That is what makes this sport so interesting, because it is ingrained in our nature that we don’t like confrontation and then one is intrigued to see how that relationship unfolds.

“If they crash are they going to confront each other? What are they going to say? Will they look in each others’ eyes? We would not interfere. The relationship is sorted out between the individuals.”


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