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Toto Wolff: 'Moaning' Romain Grosjean lucky to be in Formula 1

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has hit out at Romain Grosjean's "moaning" about being blocked by Lewis Hamilton, saying his troubled Formula 1 past makes him ill-placed to comment on others

Grosjean remains furious that Hamilton escaped sanction for impeding him during Q3 at the British Grand Prix, and went as far as suggesting that the FIA only let the polesitter off because he was fighting for the world championship.

Unimpressed by those comments, Wolff said Grosjean should be thankful to have an F1 career at all given his history - which includes a race ban for causing a startline crash at the 2012 Belgian GP.

"There are some that moan all the time," said Wolff when asked to respond to Grosjean's remarks.

"They just continue moaning. I don't want to even comment.

"If Romain Grosjean comes out and starts asking for penalties for other drivers, you should rather look at his track record.

"He should be happy he is driving in F1."

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner backed his driver, and argued that if Grosjean had blocked Hamilton in a similar manner he would almost certainly have been penalised.

"If you step back and ask yourself, what would they have done if Romain had done that to Hamilton? That I think should answer that," said Steiner.

"Something needs to be done. If he says 'that [penalising Hamilton] wouldn't have made your position better' - I know.

"But if we would have impeded Hamilton, if we get penalised, it means a lot to us because we go back on the grid and we lose points.

"We both have something to lose, so don't do it.

"He's a world champion, he's better than that. Why does he need to impede?

"And as soon as someone is in his way, it's a disaster.

"We need to get a little bit more equal because there's always a discussion, how do we bring the field closer together?

"If we create two classes, we will never [get closer].

"We have the class that decides for itself what to do, then we have the other ones.

"We need to get it together, and there seems to be never any consistency with the penalties. It's always who is who."

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