Mercedes crew boss Toto Wolff has taken a swipe at rivals Ferrari, describing current feedback by the Italian crew’s chief Mattia Binotto concerning the sport’s engine rules as “one other full bullshit story.”
The Austrian rejected Binotto’s declare that different groups – not solely Ferrari – have been affected by technical directives final yr which the Italian crew blamed for his or her stoop in kind.
Talking late Saturday forward of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, for which Mercedes locked out the entrance row of the grid for the 65th time, Wolff was clearly irritated by Ferrari’s claims.
“There was a transparent regulation on energy models that was clarified in Austin on what we’re allowed to do and never, which was vital,” mentioned Wolff, referring to the 2019 United States Grand Prix the place Ferrari’s sizzling streak final yr got here to an finish.
“However nothing that was in any method stunning as a result of should you comply to the rules then that was clear anyway.”
Wolff mentioned it was “ironic” that “we have been pushed by a few of our rivals to utterly new ranges”.
“It nearly introduced us to burnout final yr to develop and innovate in a strategy to be aggressive on the observe.
“And right here we go, I believe we now have made a considerable soar in efficiency from 2019 to 2020 as a result of we would have liked to final yr. And that may be a little bit ironic for me.”
Ferrari had reeled off six consecutive pole positions and three successive wins earlier than the Austin race final yr, a streak that raised suspicion amongst rival groups that their engines have been enhanced in a method that contravened some technical rules.
The directive in Austin that was adopted two weeks later by one other in Sao Paulo centered on different technical features of energy models.
The end result was that Ferrari suffered an instantaneous drop in energy output and pace, handing the initiative within the championship to six-times champions Mercedes.
Lewis Hamilton went on to finish his sixth title triumph and begins Sunday’s Hungarian race on pole place forward of his Mercedes crew mate Valtteri Bottas, the embryonic championship chief. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc begin on the third row.
Binotto on Friday mentioned the directives had value his crew efficiency and compelled not solely Ferrari to adapt, however most different groups.
This provoked Wolff who was adamant that his crew has not, in any method, raised suspicions with the efficiency of their automotive and power-unit.
Some observers have famous, nevertheless, that white smoke rises generally from their automobiles.
Wolff admitted Mercedes had an unresolved drawback and responded: “You’ll be able to see that when the oil tank is stuffed up originally, we appear to have a problem that oil will get out of the chassis.
“We do not know the place that comes from. It appears to be that once we fill it as much as the highest we aren’t in charge of how a lot escapes.
“We have now seen it on all of the Mercedes engines and it is one thing that we have to perceive.”