Drivers could DIE if ‘total idiots’ continue to launch flares on to the track, fears Toto Wolff, after flare-throwing forces a delay in qualifying at the Dutch Grand Prix

Toto Wolff fears a driver could die if ‘idiots’ throw flares on to the track during the Dutch Grand Prix in a repeat of the disturbance that delayed qualifying on Saturday. The action was red flagged for six minutes while the first of the flares – a staple of Verstappen’s huge Orange Army in recent years – was removed. The second flare later rolled off the circuit during Q3 and to safety without prompting a further suspension. But a concerned Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, said: ‘It’s a shame there are a few total idiots out there who don’t consider what a flare can do to a driver. Hamilton, who missed out on pole by three-tenths and will start fourth, said he had not seen the smoke. The Mail on Sunday understands the subject of flares was discussed at the drivers’ briefing on Friday night.

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