Toto Wolff calls new F1 chief Niels Wittich’s jewellery ban a ‘misstep’ after Lewis Hamilton defied ruling at Australian GP… but Mercedes chief will take it ‘a thousand times over’ as he brands ex-race director Michael Masi a ‘liability’ to the sport

Toto Wolff has questioned new Formula One race boss Niels Wittich’s jewellery ban by asking: ‘Is that a battle he needs to have?’. ‘How he has run the first few races has been respectful, solid and he hasn’t put a single foot wrong,’ Mercedes team principal Wolff said of Wittich in an interview with the PA news agency. ‘There is a promoter of one of the races in the Middle East who said he was so relieved he had gone because he got so much abuse from him. The 24-year-old has finished ahead of Hamilton at two of the opening three races and is second in the standings.

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