Mercedes: “Leclerc has gone beyond the limit”

Toto Wolff leader said that the referee will have to escort the police if they fined Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc at home Monza.


“The referees have difficulty deciding whether to fine or warn Charles Leclerc”, Motorsport quoted Mr. Wolff. “Leclerc’s defensive action against Lewis Hamilton may exceed the allowed limit. Hamilton had the mind to steer the collision avoidance. But the referee has no other way. Ferrari is leading in the Grand Prix Italy and fined five seconds? Then the referee will have to escort the police to leave”.

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Wolff alluded to the situation in round 23, before the second corner. Hamilton, after hiding Leclerc wind in a straight line, swung to the right and jumped near the opponent. Leclerc drove to the right to push Hamilton to the curb. This makes the Ferrari driver unable to turn in the corner, having to choose a longer path to return to the track. After this situation, Leclerc was cautioned by the black and white flag. That means if recidivism is committed, Leclerc will be disqualified. But Wolff hinted the referee’s warning was still mild.

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“There will be many accidents with this situation. The black and white flag warning law will set a bad precedent. Because riders will take risks because they believe they will only be warned before being punished”, he insisted.

Hamilton also somewhat agreed with Wolff. “Many times I have to give in order to avoid a collision with Leclerc. That is the problem of the current F1 racing rules. We have repeatedly called for clarification of the rules but have not achieved the goal. In this case, the referees have a different opinion”, he said.

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Leclerc finished first in Monza, helping Ferrari crown at home for the first time since 2010. Hamilton pursued Leclerc for most of the race, coming only third when he lost twice to the pit. In return, the British racer achieved the fastest lap in the final rounds with new soft tires.