“Never an official FIA document”– Toto Wolff sends mail of diagrams to FIA consisting of non-existing rules; Michael Masi is perplexed.
The diagram sent by Toto Wolff to Michael Masi after the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, for which the Mercedes’ team principal got trolled by the FIA race director, was apparently full of rules which don’t exist and were supposed to defend Hamilton.
According to a report by Motorsport-total.com, the FIA openly declared that the diagram “was never an official FIA document” and was never published or distributed among the teams.
The report clarifies that Mercedes probably was not trying to spread fake news but rather became a victim of a misunderstanding amidst the high stakes, especially when the document’s origin was long ago.
The rising tensions between Hamilton and his erstwhile partner Nico Rosberg hampered the aims of Mercedes, and a framework was designed to define the internal team rules; Mercedes worked on the so-called “Rules of Engagement”, which are now (after several ongoing revisions) known as the “Racing Intent”.
The racing intent is a document about the set of rules laid by Mercedes how the drivers are supposed to behave with each other on the track that would classify the difference between competitive racing and unacceptable blunder.
What’s in the document?
The report reveals that Mercedes approached FIA in 2015 asking how wheel-to-wheel duels are rated by the race stewards during the race day.
In response, the FIA sent him a diagram, which Wolff used as a piece of evidence to back his driver for the collision with the Verstappen probe. But the diagram was an unofficial and informal communication to Mercedes and not an official communication.
Das ist es also, das Diagramm, dass Toto Wolff beim #BritishGP an Michael Masi gemailt hat. Ein FIA-Leitfaden für Kommissare und Fahrer, was im Zweikampf erlaubt ist und was nicht. Die detaillierte Erklärung dazu findest Du auf meiner Facebook-Seite unter https://t.co/gUBMiSLnSS. pic.twitter.com/P5pHpSv0Ft
— Christian Nimmervoll (@MST_ChristianN) July 19, 2021
It has been further revealed that Masi had no idea from where the diagram came and how it could be presented as viable evidence in the investigation.