Mercedes team principal Wolff got over the pain of his team losing the world drivers’ title in Abu Dhabi by heading to a club and having some fun with partygoers
After your team’s star racer is cruelly denied the F1 world title in controversial circumstances, you’d be forgiven for just wanting to have a quiet night in alone.
But that’s not how Toto Wolff decided he wanted to get over the heartbreak of watching on powerlessly as Lewis Hamilton was pipped to the post by Max Verstappen on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After spending a few hours locked up in the Mercedes office trying, and failing, to get the result overturned, it seems there was only one thing for it as far as the Austrian was concerned.
Make a beeline for the nearest nightclub.
Footage has emerged of Wolff celebrating through the night to mark Mercedes’ constructors’ championship success and to mark the end of a long and draining season for all the team’s staff.
Gala’s 1996 club classic Freed From Desire can be heard playing in the background as the 49-year-old tried his best to party his troubles away.
He is seen laughing and dancing with colleagues, showing a remarkable upswing in his mood after showing his fury on camera and begging race director Michael Masi not to end the safety car for the final lap of the race over team radio.
Even a few hours later, after Mercedes’ initial protests over the result had been dismissed by the stewards, Wolff was still very much sour-faced.
After hiding away from the cameras for a few hours, he was spotted leaving the paddock with wife Susie and did not want to stop for interviews despite several requests from the media outside the FIA’s offices.
But all talk of safety cars, protests and appeals was soon was soon forgotten for the night, with Wolff letting his hair down in style.
Despite the stewards’ rejection of the initial protests, late on Sunday Mercedes announced their intention to submit a challenge to the FIA’s Court of Appeal.
And if they fail there, then the Silver Arrows might seek out a further legal challenge with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
However, according to The Times, Mercedes are now apparently second-guessing themselves over whether or not any further appeals are wise.
Having slept on it, the team’s hierarchy is apparently worried that its reputation could be dragged through the mud if it engages in a drawn-out legal battle to try to win the world title in a court room.