F1 news: Toto Wolff sends ‘pitiful’ message to rivals as row of porpoises continues after heated exchange


Oto Wolff has accused his rivals of a “pitiful” approach and playing political games in the ongoing row over solving the porpoise problem.

The FIA ​​issued a technical directive at the start of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend in response to fears for the health and safety of drivers.

It initially allowed teams, of which Mercedes were the only ones to implement it, to add a second floor stay to their cars which was removed upon qualifying amid threats of protest over its legality by rival teams.

Wolff was involved in a heated exchange with his fellow team principals in a pre-qualifying meeting in which Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished fourth and 10th respectively for Sunday’s race.

Speaking after qualifying, the Mercedes team principal said: “It’s a sport where you try to maintain or gain a competitive advantage, but this situation has clearly gone too far. At least one driver from each team said he suffered after Baku and struggled to keep the car on track or had blurry vision.

“And team principals trying to manipulate what is being said to keep a competitive edge and trying to play political games when the FIA ​​tries to come up with a solution to put the cars in a better position is dishonest.

“All the cars suffered in one way or another in Baku. It’s a problem that needs to be fixed. It’s a safety risk. Coming with background manipulation or Chinese whispers or informing pilots is just pitiful.

Wolff dismissed the suggestion that the porpoise was Mercedes-only, reading a quote from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in which he complained about losing his sight under braking and also listed other complaints after Baku at Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo , Esteban Ocan and Kevin Magnussen. .

Although porpoising has not been as extreme in Montreal as in Baku, it clearly remains a problem.

“It’s not a team’s problem,” he added. “It’s a ground effect car design issue that needs to be resolved before we have a situation.”

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