Toto Wolff’s wife in shock over Lewis Hamilton ‘robbery’ as she hits out at Michael Masi

Max Verstappen prevails in world title shoot-out

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Susie Wolff has declared that she was left in ‘utter disbelief’ after Lewis Hamilton was cruelly denied a record-breaking eighth world title in wildly controversial fashion at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. Wolff, who is the wife of Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, joined the Silver Arrows as an ambassador in 2016 and was backing Hamilton all the way ahead of the Drivers’ Championship title decider at the Yas Marina Circuit.

The 36-year-old looked set to win the race after dominating from the very first lap but saw his efforts undone by a contentious decision from FIA race director Michael Masi.

Masi initially ruled that no lapped cars would be allowed to unlap themselves under the safety car following Nicholas Latifi’s late brush with the barriers.

However, he went on to change his mind shortly before the safety car was called back into the pit lane to enable a final-lap shootout for the title.

Max Verstappen, who was on much fresher tyres than Hamilton, forced his way around the Mercedes driver at Turn Five to clinch his maiden Drivers’ Championship triumph in extraordinary circumstances.

Wolff has since expressed her surprise at the events that unfolded in Abu Dhabi, insisting that Hamilton was robbed of a comfortable victory by Masi through no fault of his own.

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“Going in to the race weekend in Abu Dhabi, I believed both teams and both drivers deserved to win,” said Wolff in a lengthy Twitter post.

“It was going to be a spectacle, an historic race that we all hoped would end without controversy. That wasn’t to be.

“What happened is still hard to comprehend and leaves me with a sick feeling. Not the losing, and not Max or Red Bull, they are deserving winners and we always knew it was a strong possibility we may not win, but the way in which Lewis was robbed has left me in utter disbelief.

“The decision of one person within the governing body who applied a rule in a way which has never been done before in F1 single-handedly decided the F1 Driver World Championship.

“Rules are rules, they can’t be changed on a whim by one individual at the end of a race. Lewis Hamilton, you have shown incredible integrity and dignity in the face of injustice.

“You are the greatest there has ever been. The outcome of the last laps on Sunday? Those who know, they know, even those who can’t quite bring themselves to admit it.

“Congratulations Max and congratulations to each and every member of Mercedes-AMG F1 on your record breaking eighth constructors title.

“I hope by March of next year there is a governing body with sporting integrity and fairness at its core so I can fall back in love with F1.”

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Mercedes quickly protested the result of Sunday’s decisive race in Abu Dhabi but saw their complains waved away by the FIA before submitting notice of their intention to appeal.

It remains to be seen whether the Silver Arrows will follow through with their plans to dispute the outcome ahead of today’s deadline after being given a 96-hour window to consider their options.

They are expected to appear at this evening’s FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in order to pick up their eighth successive Constructors’ Championship title.

Red Bull and Verstappen will also be in attendance for the 24-year-old to receive the Drivers’ Championship trophy for the very first time.

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