Mercedes’ Toto Wolff Condemns ‘Pathetic’ F1 Team Bosses as Latest FIA Rule Change Causes Major Stir on the Grid

Published 06/19/2022, 7:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff is seen during the race Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic

Mercedes is the worse hit team on the grid regarding the porpoising problem. However, most constructors are facing the same issue. Brought to light by the street track of Baku, the porpoising is causing physical pain to drivers. This is a serious concern, as the drivers endure bouncing for hours at high speeds.

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It is becoming a serious worry, as the bouncing is also causing blurred vision. Blurred vision plus high-speed bouncing is a recipe for disaster, as pointed out by multiple drivers. The FIA finally heard the pleas of drivers and decided to take action. However, the decision to look into the problem by the FIA was not welcomed by all team bosses.

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The bosses want each team to solve their own problems and Toto Wolff branded them “pathetic” and “false.” “The car is too stiff or bouncy, whatever you want to call it. This is a joint problem that we have in Formula 1. It’s a design problem that needs to be solved,” said the Silver Arrows boss.

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“All the drivers, at least one from each team, have said that they were in pain after Baku and that they had difficulties keeping the car on track or blurred vision, I’m not just talking about Mercedes, all the cars suffered in some way.”(translated by Google)

The fight to get the edge is always on in the premier motor sporting competition, but Wolff thinks some agendas like the safety of the drivers need collective efforts.

Mercedes world champion Hamilton is taking pain killers to deal with the back pain

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Lewis Hamilton, arguably driving the worst car of his career, has been outspoken about the bouncing issue. The seven-time world champion endured a tough race in Baku as he finished fourth, but at the cost of his back.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after practice alongside his physiotherapist Angela Cullen REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The bouncing was especially bad in Azerbaijan, which he complained about all weekend. The back pain also made Hamilton a momentary doubt for the Canadian GP. However, the Brit has admitted he’s taking painkillers to deal with the micro concussions caused by all the bouncing.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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