Formula 1 Mexico: Wolff sees an increased risk of crashes

Five Formula 1 races are still to be driven in 2021, twelve points separate the two World Cup opponents Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). The course in Mexico City, where the 18th race of the season will be held this weekend (Sunday, 8 p.m., Sky), should be better on paper for the Red Bull.

The reason is the thin air at an altitude of more than 2000 meters. Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko on SPORT1: “We have a larger turbocharger on our Honda engine than Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault. Our drive therefore works more efficiently when the air is thinner. “

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But just as important as pure speed is durability: nobody can afford to make a mistake in the final spurt of the World Cup. Marko also believes: “A failure – be it of a technical nature or due to an accident – can now decide the World Cup.”
For once, the Red Bull Doc agrees with his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff. But the Viennese is already thinking of the last race in Abu Dhabi – and that there could be a third crash between Hamilton and Verstappen after the collisions at Silverstone and Monza.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

Wolff in the Daily Mail: “If we come to the last race in Abu Dhabi and both compete against each other for the title, then whoever is ahead will try something absolutely similar to what he did in the years of Senna and Prost.”

The rivalry between the two legends is one of the most discussed duels in Formula 1 history. In 1989 a collision in Suzuka made Prost the world champion, a year later Senna returned the favor in the same place and thus got the title.

It is quite normal for Wolff that there can be deliberate contact between Hamilton and Verstappen – and it will already happen in 2021: “Verstappen took Lewis out (in Monza; the editor) because he was faster. And that is absolutely understandable. We saw that with Schumacher and Villeneuve and also twice with Senna and Prost. ”So is history repeating itself?

Wolff goes verbally on black ice: “I would never give the instruction to drive into someone else, but if they go into the last race and the one ahead wins the championship, then they would drive very hard against each other.”

In any case, Mercedes would not hit his star in the cockpit on the fingers. “Both are gladiators in their machines. And that’s what makes the sport so interesting. If they crash, what will they say? Will they look each other in the eye? We wouldn’t intervene. That will be fought between the two. “

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Advantage Hamilton: Verstappen is in a world championship fight for the first time, Hamilton already has seven world titles in the bag. “The pressure is greater for Max Verstappen,” believes ex-champion Nico Rosberg at Sky, “because he is in this situation for the first time in his career. Lewis knows that, he has already won seven titles and was a candidate for the World Championship nine or ten times in the last races of the season. “

Nevertheless, the Red Bull Dutchman is extremely nervous, notes Rosberg. “Your dream of becoming Formula 1 world champion is at stake and you don’t know if you will ever get another chance like this because the rules will change so drastically next year. So far he’s been handling it fantastic, you can’t tell that he’s under pressure, that’s unbelievable. “

Rosberg should know: he beat Hamilton in the same team in 2016 and worked for years with a mental trainer.

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