Mercedes boss Toto Wolff slams ‘pitiful’ F1 rivals over dispute, Christian Horner responds with ‘theatrical’ taunt

Toto Wolff Says Rival Team Bosses Are Playing ‘Political Games’ In F1 Queue Over Bouncing Cars, But Christian Horner Accuses Wolff Of Performing On Netflix Cameras In Fiery Meeting; Watch the British GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend, with the race on Sunday at 3pm

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has accused his rivals of “false” and “regrettable” behavior in F1’s “porpoise” row, though Red Bull’s Christian Horner has responded by claiming his counterpart is creating “theatre”. .

Following a series of complaints from drivers about the new 2022 cars bouncing violently at speed, the FIA ​​issued a new technical directive ahead of the Canadian GP over safety concerns, leading to a stormy meeting of team bosses at Montreal, where Wolff and Horner had different points of view.

Horner, whose team leads both championships and has a more stable car, has said it is unfair to change the rules when one team is struggling more than most, pointing the finger at the underperforming and rebounding Mercedes.

Wolff admitted that all teams were trying to maintain or gain a competitive advantage, but insisted “the situation has clearly gone too far”.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA's plans to tackle the porpoise that has affected the cars this season.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to tackle the porpoise that has affected the cars this season.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to tackle the porpoise that has affected the cars this season.

He said that all drivers suffered from what was a design problem that needed to be resolved.

“Team managers trying to manipulate what is said to maintain competitive advantage, and trying to play political games when the FIA ​​is trying to find a quick fix to at least put the cars in a better position, is disingenuous.” he said.

“This is a joint problem that we have as Formula 1… this is a design problem that needs to be solved. We have long-term effects that we can’t even judge.

“But at any time this is a security risk and then doing little manipulations in the background, or Chinese whispering, or letting drivers know is just unfortunate.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives Martin Brundle an honest interview on driver safety, Mercedes' problems and Lewis Hamilton's mentality.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives Martin Brundle an honest interview on driver safety, Mercedes’ problems and Lewis Hamilton’s mentality.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives Martin Brundle an honest interview on driver safety, Mercedes’ problems and Lewis Hamilton’s mentality.

Wolff added: “Of course people will question whether my position is sincere or not.

“That’s why I say it’s not just our problem.”

The once-dominant Mercedes is currently third in the constructors’ standings, 116 points behind Red Bull.

Horner accuses Wolff of creating ‘theater’

The FIA’s new technical directive will force teams to modify their settings if they are found to be in breach of a limit on the vertical movement of their cars.

But Red Bull and Ferrari, first and second in the championship, have argued that rebounding is a matter for teams to resolve independently and that a technical directive should clarify the rules rather than change them.

Relive Lewis Hamilton's big crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year's British Grand Prix

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Relive Lewis Hamilton’s big crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix

Relive Lewis Hamilton’s big crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix

After the Canadian GP, ​​where Max Verstappen won again but Mercedes impressed in third and fourth despite car problems, Horner called Wolff’s position “ironic”.

“Ferrari presented its position regarding the TD [technical directive] and Toto is campaigning for a change in the regulations, which is kind of ironic because his car seemed pretty quick and bounce-less,” Horner said after the race.

“And I think it was just pointed out to him that maybe his problems were inside and not everyone’s problems.”

With Netflix cameras following Wolff that weekend for the upcoming season of the series ‘Drive to Survive,’ Horner added: “I think there was an element of theater to that meeting.

Christian Horner admits it was a nervous look from the pit wall as Carlos Sainz tried to chase down Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race.

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Christian Horner admits it was a nervous look from the pit wall as Carlos Sainz tried to chase down Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race.

Christian Horner admits it was a nervous look from the pit wall as Carlos Sainz tried to chase down Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race.

“So maybe with the new Lewis movie, he’s getting into the role!”

How to follow the British Grand Prix on Sky Sports

Formula 1 returns home this weekend with the famous British Grand Prix set to provide a live sporting spectacle. Sky sports.

The key moments for an unmissable weekend on Sky Sports F1 are:

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team showed genuine pace in the race but insists there is still work to be done.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team showed genuine pace in the race but insists there is still work to be done.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team showed genuine pace in the race but insists there is still work to be done.

  • Thursday welcomes the return of the F1 Show live from Silverstone at 6pm, as the drivers join us for more exclusive interviews.
  • The on-track action kicks off on Friday, with F1 practice, plus F2, F3 and W Series sessions.
  • British GP qualifying is live at 3:00pm on Saturday, with preparation starting at 2:10pm after the W Series race
  • The British Grand Prix is ​​live at 3pm on Sunday, with preparation starting at 1:30pm

All the action can also be followed online and across our digital platforms and streams, while the F1 Show will be streamed live on the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel. There will also be extensive updates on Sky Sports News.

Sky Sports F1 live schedule

Thursday, June 30
18:00: The F1 show

Friday, July 1
9.35am: F3 practice
10:45: F2 practice
12.30pm: Preparation for the first practice of the British GP (session starts at 1pm)
14:50: Classification F3
15:35: British GP Practice Two Prep (Session starts at 16:00)
17:25: Qualifying F2
18:10: Classification of the Series W

Saturday, July 2
9.50am: F3 speed race
11.45am: British GP Practice Three Prep (Session starts at 12pm)
1:10 p.m.: W Series race
14:10: British GP qualifying preparation
15:00: Classification of the British GP
16:55: F2 Sprint Race
6:00 p.m.: Ted’s Grading Book

Sunday, July 3
8.30am: F3 main race
10am: F2 main race
13:30: Sunday Grand Prix: Preparation for the British GP
15:00: THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2022
5pm: British GP Reaction: Checkered Flag
18:00: Ted’s Notebook

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone for motorsport’s biggest event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extensive coverage throughout the British GP weekend – the race starts at 3:00pm on Sunday 3rd July.

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