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Zoff between Mercedes and Red Bull: Rüffel for Wolff call

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D he doctor was on the move. Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is a man of clear words, and when it comes to his team, they are sometimes a little clearer. 'It's getting more and more absurd,' the ex-racing driver shook his head. It was about a phone call between Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Jos Verstappen, the father of the new Formula 1 prodigy.

Wolff calls Jos Verstappen

Max Verstappen drives his own race. He doesn't care whether his opponents are involved in the title fight or not. It's not much different with Nico Hülkenberg, by the way. “I get paid to do the best I can for my team.” At Verstappen, sayings like this are put on the gold scales. Because the Dutchman is repeatedly involved in controversial scenes. And Verstappen is not in a Force India, but in a Red Bull. He has a car with which he can spit in the soup of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Like in Mexico. Verstappen and Rosberg got in each other's way twice. When starting with enemy contact. 50 laps later with a near collision. During the week, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff called father Jos, who is supposedly the only one who can control 'Mad Max'. Wolff comes out as a Verstappen fan because he enriches the scene. “I respect Max, Jos and his manager. Max pulls us all along with his tough, indomitable driving style. It is a win for Formula 1. “

But at the GP Mexico, in Wolff's opinion, Verstappen overstepped the curve a bit. “In the course of the near collisions, I just wanted to tell his father, whom I have known for a long time, that it would be a shame for Max's reputation if he decided the title fight through a thoughtless maneuver. The boy doesn't need that. ”

Mercedes is supposed to hold its race at 11 am

When Helmut Marko heard about it, the fuse was on fire. “If Mr. Wolff wants something from us, then he should contact those responsible at Red Bull and not the father. We drive our own race. It's not like we're being lapped by Mercedes. Then you could understand when we are asked to make room. '

And now Marko really gets going:' We are fighting for positions with Mercedes. If we should voluntarily back off, then Mercedes can run its race with its two drivers at 11 a.m., and the rest of the time is then at 2 p.m. I have one of thoseNever experienced interference. Calling a driver's father to manipulate him. That's bad style. ”

Wolff thinks the excitement is excessive. “I just told Jos that it would be good for Max if he was there. Because he trusts his father and he's the only one he listens to. There is currently a spiral of negative stories about Max that the boy doesn't deserve. If he decides the World Cup with a collision with Nico or Lewis, the negative image would be perfect. I just wanted him to realize that. ”

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