Mercedes boss slams "pitiful" behaviour of rivals as F1 bouncing row heats up

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff accused rivals of "pitiful" behaviour amid the cars bouncing row in Formula 1.

The Austrian had a bust up with Red Bull's Christian Horner and Ferrari's Mattia Binotto during a meeting at the Canadian Grand Prix. Upon the conclusion of the meeting, he said each one was guilty of "manipulations in the background".

This season, Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have spoken out about the severe bouncing of cars following the introduction of F1's all-new design regulations, as it has affected their team greatly. In fact, British driver Hamilton claimed bouncing meant he's had to take medication and gone through sessions of physiotherapy. Owing to this, Wolff raged at his rivals.

"This is a sport where you're trying to keep a competitive advantage or gain it but this situation has gone too far," he said via the BBC.

"All drivers – at least one in every team – have said they were in pain after Baku, that they have difficulty keeping the car on track or blurred vision.

"And team principals trying to manipulate what is being said in order to keep their competitive advantage and trying to play political games when the FIA tries to come up with a quick solution to at least put the cars in a better position is disingenuous and that's what I said.

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"I'm not only talking about the Mercedes – all of the cars suffered in some way or other in Baku and still do here."

The team principal then went on to blast the rival chiefs of exercising "pitiful" behaviour over the course of the row. "We will have long-term effects that we can't even judge and at any time this is a safety risk," he explained. Wolff added: "Then coming up with little manipulations in the background or Chinese whispers or briefing a driver is just pitiful."

The whole debate comes against a controversial intervention from governing body the FIA on the issue. New rules were introduced this year that sees teams able to run cars very close to the ground for maximum performance.

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