Wolff: 'Wikipedia' remark on Verstappen 'not the most intelligent'

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Toto Wolff has acknowledged that his derisive 'Wikipedia' remark on Max Verstappen's milestone achievement at Monza was perhaps not his finest moment.

In Italy, Verstappen conquered his tenth consecutive win this season, establishing a new milestone in the history of the sport, while Red Bull became the first team in F1 to take 15 victories in a row, beating Mercedes' previous landmark.

But after the race, Wolff played down the team and driver's feat, saying it was only worthy of a mention in Wikipedia and "nobody reads that anyway".

The Austrian and Mercedes came across as poor losers and were criticized for the team owner's deriding remark.

In Singapore on Friday, Wolff owned up to his comment and said that in hindsight he was wrong to dismiss the remarkable record set by Mercedes' arch-rival and Verstappen.

"Well, obviously, when you look at the comments, in the circumstances you can think 'Was it the most intelligent thing that I could have said' and maybe not," Wolff admitted.

"But it's always been my mindset and something that I've taken from Niki. Niki gave his trophies away to get a free car wash.

"You won't find a lot of memorabilia in my places either because those numbers never mattered for the two of us."


But Wolff conceded that his own indifference to the stats should take nothing away from what Red Bull and Verstappen are achieving this season.

"Formula 1 is a meritocracy," he added. "And I said it often during this year that only the best will win world championships and you need to recognise what a great job is being done there.

"And at the end, they will take another big trophy and that is something that's the most valuable. The best person in the best car wins the world championship."

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