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F1 | Canadian GP | Wolff takes aim at "pitiful" rivals as bouncing row rumbles on

Toto Wolff has branded his rivals as "pitiful" and "disingenuous" as a row over the cars bouncing rumbles on in the background during the 2022 season.

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F1 | Canadian GP | Wolff takes aim at "pitiful" rivals as bouncing row rumbles on
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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff became marred in a row with Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto and Red Bull’s Christian Horner in a team principals' meeting on Saturday at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Wolff accused his rivals of being “pitiful” in the altercation as bouncing continues to plague Formula 1’s newest generation of cars.

Red Bull declined to comment as Wolff said they and Ferrari were guilty of "manipulations in the background.”

Binotto said the cars' behaviour "needs to be improved... [But] it has to be done through the right process.”

The FIA controversially intervened after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as the some of grid continues to  suffer with back pain due to the bouncing, most notably seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Horner’s position on the situation is that it’s wrong to penalise teams who have best grasped the new rules which his Mercedes counterpart has taken issue with.

Both Mercedes drivers Hamilton and George Russell have suffered from extreme bouncing this season. The Brackley based squad are among the teams struggling with the phenomenon the most.

"This is a sport where you're trying to keep a competitive advantage or gain it but this situation has gone too far," Wolff said post-qualifying to MotorLAT and other media.

"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.

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

"We will have long-term effects that we can't even judge and at any time this is a safety risk. Then coming up with little manipulations in the background or Chinese whispers or briefing a driver is just pitiful.”

The issue has become much more prominent this year as F1’s new regulations put a huge emphasis on ground effect, this forces the teams to run the very stiff cars extremely close to the track for ultimate performance.

Russell said: "So many different factors, porpoising is one thing that a lot of teams are on top of but the overall stiffness is just immense. It needs to be addressed. There are things that have been taken off the cars from last year to this to make things simpler. But it has had quite a knock-on effect."

 

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