Toto Wolff has offered his opinion on whether Red Bull's double retirement in Bahrain was 'karma' for the events of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Many commenters on social media suggested that the heartbreaking ending for Red Bull made up for their good fortune at the final race of 2021, where Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the title.
Both Verstappen and Sergio Perez retired within sight of the chequered flag on Sunday night, having encountered an apparent fuel pump issue on both cars.
Wolff rubbished the notion of it being 'karma', and said that he had no desire to see a team fall upon such misfortunes.
"The importance of the race in Abu Dhabi was greater than the importance of the opener to the 2022 season," he told media, including RacingNews365.com, after the race.
"I don't wish anybody bad [luck], and [it was] certainly a brutal race for them."
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With Mercedes taking third and fourth place and capitalising on Red Bull's misfortunes, the team now enjoy a healthy lead over Red Bull after just a single race.
While still behind Ferrari, Wolff isn't going to get carried away by the thoughts of being a contender for either of the World Championships this year.
"It's too early to really look at the championship as it stands," he commented.
"If we look at the pecking order today, it seems a very long shot to even think about being in contention for any of the championships.
"But, if I look at it as a race weekend, we probably scored the maximum points that we could have and we need to take it from there every single weekend.
"At the moment, it's singular events because, realistically, when you're third on the road, you can't think about winning it."
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