Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has some advice for his F1 rivals: work harder.
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The Mercedes pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg blitzed the field in Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, resulting in Red Bull chief Christian Horner calling on the FIA to end German team’s dominance.
Both Mercedes cars lapped all but three cars in yesterday’s shortened field, but Wolff said it was time for rivals to stop complaining and knuckle down.
“I think ‘just get your f***ing head down, work hard and try to sort it out’. I didn’t mean the F-word in relation to him [Horner],” Wolff is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“If you come into Formula One, try to beat each other and perform at the highest level and then you need equalisation after the first race – you cry out after the first race – that’s not how we’ve done things in the past.”
Wolff was reacting to comments made by Horner, who said the FIA did all it could to reign in Red Bull’s dominance between 2010 and 2014.
“When we were winning, and we were never winning to the advantage that they have, I remember that double diffusers were banned, exhausts were moved, flexible bodywork was prohibited, engine mapping mid-season was changed … anything was done, and that wasn’t just unique to Red Bull but Williams in previous years and McLaren etc.,” Horner was quoted as saying by ESPN.
“Is it healthy to have this situation? The FIA, within the rules, have an equalisation mechanism and I think it is perhaps something we need to look at.”