Max Verstappen’s furious reaction towards George Russell over a contact made during the Baku F1 sprint race instantly sparked a thought that the Red Bull driver may choose to race Mercedes more aggressively. However, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff saw nothing unusual in the incident and believed it was just two young drivers getting their elbows out. He also mentioned that Verstappen races Lewis Hamilton differently, as they have had several collisions in the past, but between the same generation of drivers, they are all fierce and know each other well.
Wolff felt that Verstappen’s angry outburst towards Russell was just a moment of entertainment, as it is understandable why the world champion may be left upset at what happened. The contact left a big hole in Verstappen’s car and significantly impacted his race. However, Wolff understood that defending a position is equally critical, and drivers will continue to do that. He emphasized that Verstappen took a chance while trying to hold on around the outside and Russell defended well.
Regarding Verstappen’s racing style, Wolff didn’t think the Red Bull driver races Mercedes any differently from others. As he saw it, it’s just part of the sport when drivers get their elbows out and battle it out on the track. Wolff, however, acknowledged the high level of danger involved in over-taking, especially around the outside, and mentioned that it can result in either ending up in the run-off, the wall, or losing out on the next straight.