Lewis Hamilton boss Toto Wolff “lost his temper” during a row with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, according to reports. Wolff and Mercedes, who have suffered major bouncing problems at the start of the 2022 season, have sought F1’s governing body, the FIA, to change regulations to prevent the problem – particularly when it comes to the cars’ ride. Be of height.
The FIA listened when they called on teams to “limit” or “reduce” bouncing.
And Wolff insists it is to protect the drivers as Hamilton and several others have suffered bodily harm over the problems – the result of “purposing”.
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However, Red Bull and Ferrari – who have set the pace so far this season – feel it is up to Mercedes to try to fix the problems rather than changing the rules.
According to The Mail, the conflicting views came up at a meeting of team principals in Montreal on Saturday.
Ahead of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, one person described Wolff as “losing his edge”, while another said he had gone “full Abu Dhabi spec” – in dispute with Hamilton’s Max Verstappen last year. Referring to his anger after losing the title.
Other accounts of the meeting suggested that both Wolff and Horner made strong arguments and neither clearly came out on top.
Some of Mercedes’ rivals were angered in Canada because Mercedes tested “floor stay” during practice that limits floor movement, making the car ride smoother.
And skeptics wondered how the reigning constructors’ champions had designed the section so quickly following a technical directive on Thursday – with permission to remain on the floor for safety reasons.
Speaking after qualifying about the various issues, Wolff said: “This situation has clearly gone too far.
“The political game the team principals are trying to play is ridiculous. In Baku, not just Mercedes, all the cars suffered in one way or another.
“It’s a mistake in Formula One at the moment and it’s a problem that needs to be solved.
“A little manipulation in the background, Chinese whispers, it’s a little tricky.”
Hamilton started Sunday’s Canadian GP from fourth on the grid, with team-mate George Russell returning to eighth.
Reigning world champion Verstappen is on the pole and is joined by two-time drivers’ champion Fernando Alonso on the front row of the grid.