Nico Rosberg has refuted Toto Wolff’s idea that only Wikipedia readers care about records in light of Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s success.
Wolff came off rather bitter in the aftermath of Verstappen securing a record 10th consecutive victory, describing such stats as only interesting to Wikipedia.
But his former driver Rosberg has disagreed suggesting Wolff was “in a moment” and revealed everyone cares about records.
Nico Rosberg tells Toto Wolff everyone cares about records
Wolff seemed anything other than magnanimous when it was put to him that Verstappen had achieved something none of his drivers had.
“Our situation was maybe a little bit different because we had two drivers fighting against each other within the team,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.
“I don’t know whether he cares about the record — it’s not something that would be important for me, any of those numbers.
“It’s for Wikipedia and nobody reads that anyway.”
Speaking on the Sky Sports F1 podcast, Rosberg suggested Wolff “got in a moment” following his team’s disappointing weekend, commenting that Wolff tends to be more gracious.
“I think Toto got in a moment there where he was not too happy about his own race team’s performance on the weekend,” Rosberg said. “Because of course where they finished, fifth and sixth, miles behind Ferrari and Red Bull is not really the goal.
“So I think Toto was just a bit down there and that made his answer a bit darker and not quite as gracious. Not quite as gracious as perhaps he would normally be because I think the right answer would have been hats off and respect to Red Bull for their achievements.”
As to Wolff’s claim that only Wikipedia readers care about breaking records, Rosberg did not agree with that assessment.
“We all care about records, of course,” said Rosberg. “And we think a lot about records. So even Max who always says ‘no, I don’t care about 10 races.’ What does he do when he gets out of the car? He puts both of his hands up and points to the world that that’s 10 in a row.
“And just before he’s been saying ‘I don’t care about 10. I just want to have a good race weekend.’ So even Max cares about records.”