Helmut Marko Joins Binotto to Lay Shocking Mercedes F1 Accusation Amidst Unexplainable Canadian GP Incident

Published 06/21/2022, 8:00 AM EDT
NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto talk on the grid before the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on October 11, 2020 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

The new technical directives from the FIA regarding the porpoising issue have a lot of people talking. While Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff welcomes the directives, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto and Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko are not too convinced by it.

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As per the new directives, teams can have an additional second floor stay to help teams stiffen their floors to further prevent porpoising. But Binotto revealed that it only appeared on the Mercedes and takes time to make.

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Marko agreed with the Italian’s skepticism and commented on his suspicion about the matter. “I was very surprised when I saw their floor with that second support. When the technical directive came out, it was clear that there wouldn’t be enough time to supply such a part, so yes…” said Marko during an interview with motorsport.com. [Translated by Google]

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Binotto had earlier in the weekend revealed that without prior knowledge, it is difficult to make a second stay so quickly.

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Wolff had revealed that they made the change and took the decision to add another floor stay overnight. But the Italian mentioned that he is not too sure how a team can do that so quickly during a race weekend.

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Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 18, 2022, Mercedes’ George Russell during qualifying REUTERS/Chris Helgren

“Toto says they did it overnight. What I can say is that Ferrari would not be capable of doing it. No doubt I’m surprised that a team is so strong in doing that overnight. I can maybe only trust what he’s saying,” said Binotto.

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It is still unclear as to if Mercedes had any prior knowledge of the incoming technical directives. But it is fascinating to see that the two biggest names in the sport have come forward to raise some suspicion over the activities of the German team.

Let’s see if the new directives have any effect on the issue of porpoising on the W13. But it seemed that the ride quality of the car did improve at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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