Wolff criticises Gutierrez after Singapore lapping issues

Esteban Gutierrez - Credit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic

Toto Wolff has joined the chorus of those criticising Esteban Gutierrez as the Mexican continues to be a hindrance to everyone whilst being lapped.

The boss of the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team was unhappy with the way Gutierrez cost drivers time when lapping the Haas F1 Team driver, with the Mexican being far from cooperative during the Singapore Grand Prix.

Gutierrez was battling Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa for eleventh place on Sunday, but while Massa was quick to get out of the way, both race leader Nico Rosberg and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo found it much harder to get ahead, which brought on Wolff’s criticism.

“Gutierrez at least makes it the same for everybody, he doesn’t let anybody overtake,” said Wolff on Autosport. “Honestly, we need to say there is a fight for a race win going on between two guys fighting for every tenth, and then you have one guy cruising around and interfering in the race and it happens to always be the same guy!

“We were shouting to Charlie [Whiting, F1 race director]. Felipe went out of the way and Esteban, who is a lovely boy, continued to cruise out there and was enjoying the gap he had made to Felipe.”