“Mercedes statement suggests some serious anger”– Toto Wolff’s Mercedes has aggressively reacted to Red Bull’s decision review.
After the FIA released the statement of its refusal to entertain Red Bull’s plea to review with an attempt to increase Lewis Hamilton’s penalty for predominately causing a 51G crash on Max Verstappen.
Red Bull have lodged a petition to review Max Verstappen’s crash at the British GP. Representatives of FIA, Mercedes, and RBR will appear in a video conferencing on Thursday.#F1 #HungarianGP pic.twitter.com/5P9xwc1shg
— Pits To Podium (@pitstopodium) July 27, 2021
The governing body stated that the Milton-Keynes team hadn’t produced any new evidence on the table and tried to create evidence to support its case.
In response, Mercedes released a statement on Friday, aggressively taunting Red Bull that with this, they would not further tarnish Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s reputation.
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team welcomes the decision of the stewards to reject Red Bull Racing’s right of review,” the statement reads.
“In addition to bringing this incident to a close, we hope that this decision will mark the end of a concerted attempt by the senior management of Red Bull Racing to tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton, including in the documents submitted for their unsuccessful right of review.
“We now look forward to going racing this weekend and to continuing our hard-fought competition for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.”
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) July 29, 2021
Mercedes furious at Red Bull because they read the letter
After some time of the statement released by Mercedes, F1 journalist Chris Medland revealed that Brackley based team got triggered by the content of the letter the stewards referenced.
That Mercedes statement is really strong and suggests some serious anger at the allegations in the letter that the stewards referenced.
The Mercedes members (Meadows, Shovlin and Vowles) got to see the letter, but the team declined to reveal its contents when I asked #F1
— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) July 29, 2021
And Mercedes’ members Ron Meadows, Andrew Shovlin and James Vowels got to see the letter’s content and have refused to reveal the text when asked by Medland.
Nevertheless, it was natural for Mercedes to see it as an attempt by Red Bull to malign their superstar driver’s image along with their own team’s image and react aggressively.
“I think the comments that were made purely out of emotion were going directly against a seven-time world champion. “Words like amateurish should have no place and what it triggered was an avalanche of comments on social media,” said Wolff to SkyF1.
“A lot of controversy and [it] added to further polarisation, and I think we as a sport we should do the contrary.”