Toto Wolff Responds After Red Bull Lodge Fresh Complaint Against Mercedes F1

Published 09/03/2021, 8:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The championship battle between Mercedes and Red Bull has taken another interesting turn in 2021. The Austrian team filed a complaint to the FIA about their Mercedes’ engine at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Red Bull had mentioned that the W12’s engine gets more horsepower through a process that is illegal and not by the regulations. Now Mercedes Team principal Toto Wolff has come forward to give his response to Red Bull’s complaint.

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Toto Wolff comments on Red Bull’s engine complaint

As reported by Formula Passion, Wolff mentioned that he is happy that Red Bull is filing complaints on such matters, as it shows that they are distracted. He further mentions that there is no issue with the Mercedes engines.

CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, MONTMELO, SPAIN – 2019/05/10: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff in pit lane during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Mercedes team boss was not that bothered by the complaint.

“We are happy that they are dedicating time to this type of research. If they are distracted like this, that’s fine. Their every request is welcome for us,” said Wolff.

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F1 reporter claims that Red Bull has filed complained about Mercedes PU ‘trick’

F1 reporter Michael Schmidt of Auto Und Motor Sport mentioned that over the summer break in their analysis Red Bull have found some irregularities in Mercedes’ engine. He further stated that Red Bull believes that Mercedes have made gains in their power unit, which are not by the regulations.

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“Red Bull have claimed they have lodged a complaint [about Mercedes’ power unit] at the FIA and Ferrari are also said to be involved, [but] they say nothing about this,” said Schmidt.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“Apparently, Mercedes has a trick that is legal at first. They somehow manage to cool down the air in the plenum [air distribution area of an engine], at least in the acceleration phase, and that gives significantly more horsepower during that phase, [but] not so much towards the end.” said the F1 reporter.

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This is another fascinating development in the battle between the rivals. But it looks like Red Bull are digging rather than have some solid ground on the complaint.

Let us know what do you make of this latest accusation by the Austrian team?

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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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