“Only Sees His Interest”: Mercedes Boss Slams Rival Red Bull Leader Amid Recent F1 Debacle

Published 06/18/2022, 3:30 PM EDT
Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, portrait during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya on February 24, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 2022 regulation changes have brought along with them some major issues. The biggest of them is porpoising. This phenomenon causes the cars to bob and bounce at high speeds, putting the driver’s bodies under serious stress. Recently, the FIA decided to intervene with a technical directive hoping to combat the impact of porpoising. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was in full support of this call, even though it might be of detriment to his team.

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However, not everybody was on board with the idea, with Red Bull pushing in favor of letting the teams deal with the performance issues. Although these noises were put out as soon as FIA made the decision final.

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The race in Baku led a lot of drivers to complain about porpoising and its effect on their health. Toto Wolff has been very vocal about solving this issue. He said, “…We now have a situation where the way the cars have been designed, ground effect, represent a health hazard.”.

He added, “If we could all have solved the problem in a few races, we would have preferred that rather than having this situation for the FIA ​​to control”.

Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk at the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Wolff also disagreed with Christian Horner’s stance in Baku when the Red Bull boss called porpoising ” part of the game”.

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He went after Horner, saying, “Christian only sees his interest because his car dominates. But all the drivers, except Alonso, raised the problem at the drivers’ briefing, starting on Friday in Baku.”

The Azerbaijan GP was especially painful for Lewis Hamilton, whose outing in Baku had put him in doubt for this week’s Canadian GP.

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Wolff concluded by saying, “It shows that all teams need to be protected from themselves through regulatory changes.”

Mercedes have once again showcased some visible struggles in Montreal on Friday, with both Hamilton and Russell keeping off the curbs. The duo finished FP2 in P13 and P7, respectively. Now fans will wait and see how the new directives affect the teams and their performance.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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