Toto Wolff says rival team bosses are using ‘political games’ in F1 row over bouncing cars, but Christian Horner accuses Wolff of acting for Netflix cameras in heated meeting; Watch the British GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend, with Sunday’s race at 3pm
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has accused rivals of ‘dishonest’ and ‘pitiful’ behavior in F1’s ‘porpoising’ line, although Red Bull’s Christian Horner hit back saying his counterpart was creating ‘theatre’ .
Following a number of driver complaints about the new 2022 cars bouncing violently at high speeds, the FIA issued a new technical directive ahead of the Canadian GP for safety reasons – leading to a heated meeting of team bosses at Montreal, where Wolff and Horner had divergent views.
Horner, whose team leads both championships and has a more stable car, said it was unfair to change the rules when a team struggles more than most, pointing to underperformance and bouncing back from Mercedes .
Wolff admitted that all the teams were either trying to maintain a competitive advantage or gain it, but insisted that “the situation has clearly gone too far”.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to tackle the porpoising that has plagued cars this season
He said all the pilots were suffering from what was a design issue that needed to be fixed.
“Team bosses trying to manipulate what is being said in order to maintain the competitive advantage, and trying to play political games when the FIA tries to find a quick fix to at least put the cars in a better position, c ‘is dishonest,’ he said.
“It’s a common problem that we have as Formula 1…it’s a design problem that needs to be solved. We have long-term effects that we can’t even judge.”
“But anytime it’s a safety risk and offering little manipulations in the background, or Chinese whispers, or briefing pilots is just pitiful.”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives an honest interview to Martin Brundle about driver safety, Mercedes issues and Lewis Hamilton’s mindset
Wolff added: “Of course people will wonder if my position is sincere or not.
“That’s why I say it’s not just our problem.”
Once-dominant Mercedes are currently third in the constructors’ standings, 116 points behind Red Bull.
Horner accuses Wolff of creating “theatre”
The new FIA technical directive will force teams to change their settings if they are found to be breaking a limit on the vertical movement of their cars.
But Red Bull and Ferrari, first and second in the championship, have argued that the rebound is an issue for teams to resolve independently and that a technical directive should clarify the rules rather than change them.
Relive Lewis Hamilton’s huge 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 their car troubles, Horner said Wolff’s position was “ironic”.
“Ferrari presented its position regarding the TD [technical directive] and Toto is campaigning for a rule change – which is somewhat ironic as his car looked quite fast with little rebound,” Horner said after the race.
“And I think he was just pointed out that maybe his problems were internal rather than everyone else’s problem.”
With Netflix cameras following Wolff over the weekend for the upcoming season of ‘Drive to Survive’, Horner added, “I think there was an element of drama to this reunion.
Christian Horner admits it was a nervous watch from the pit wall as Carlos Sainz tried to chase Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race
“So maybe with the new Lewis movie coming he will play a role!”
How to watch the British Grand Prix on Sky Sports
Formula 1 returns home this weekend with the famous British Grand Prix providing 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 has shown real 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
- Track action begins on Friday, with F1 testing, as well as F2, F3 and W Series sessions
- British GP qualifying is live at 3pm on Saturday, with a ramp-up from 2.10pm after the W Series race
- The British Grand Prix is live at 3pm on Sunday, with a ramp-up from 1.30pm
All the action can also be followed online and through our digital platforms and streams, while the F1 Show will be live on the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel. There will also be plenty of updates on Sky Sports News.
The Sky Sports F1 live schedule
Thursday June 30
6 p.m.: The F1 Motor Show
friday july 1st
9:35 a.m.: F3 training
10:45 a.m.: F2 training
12:30 p.m.: preparation for the British GP Practice One (the session starts at 1 p.m.)
2:50 p.m.: F3 qualifying
3:35 p.m.: preparation for the second British GP (the session starts at 4 p.m.)
5:25 p.m.: F2 Qualifying
6:10 p.m.: Series W qualifying
Saturday July 2
9:50 a.m.: F3 Sprint Race
11.45 a.m.: Preparation for the third practice of the British GP (the session starts at 12 p.m.)
1:10 p.m.: W Series race
2.10 p.m .: preparation for qualifying for the British GP
3 p.m.: Qualifying for the British GP
4:55 p.m.: F2 Sprint race
6 p.m.: Ted’s qualification notebook
Sunday July 3
8:30 a.m.: F3 Feature Race
10:00 a.m.: F2 Feature Race
1:30 p.m.: Grand Prix Sunday: preparation for the British GP
3 p.m.: THE 2022 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
5 p.m.: Reaction from the British GP: Checkered Flag
6 p.m.: Ted’s notebook
F1 2022 heads to Silverstone for motorsport’s big event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extended coverage of the British GP weekend – racing starts at 3pm on Sunday July 3.