But Wolff insisted “the interpretation was according to the rules.”
“It’s clear that when you are Mercedes-biased you could say that was probably the right decision, when you are Ferrari-biased you could say it could have been interpreted the other way around,” he said.
“But it’s a little bit like the referee in football: There will always be decision which polarise. And at the end I think it’s great for the sport that we have emotions around it.”
Wolff said it is inevitable people will not always agree with stewards’ decisions.
“I think the drivers are gladiators in high-tech machines and we want them to fight it out there on track. But it is not trivial to find the line between hard racing and bumper cars in the future.
“For the FIA it becomes a point of safety: How hard can they drive. Making rules is such a difficult exercise and verdicts will not always please everybody.”
Asked whether he felt “sorry” for Vettel, Wolff said: “I don’t feel sorry, this is a no-prisoners sport. And they would have taken it the other way around too. But I can understand a racer’s frustration when a result goes against him.”
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