Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has taken a swipe at rivals Ferrari, describing recent comments by the Italian team’s chief Mattia Binotto about the sport’s engine regulations as “another complete bullshit story.”
The Austrian rejected Binotto’s claim that other teams — not only Ferrari — were affected by technical directives last year which the Italian team blamed for their slump in form.
Speaking late Saturday ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, for which Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid for the 65th time, Wolff was clearly irritated by Ferrari’s claims.
“There was a clear regulation on power units that was clarified in Austin on what we are allowed to do and not, which was important,” said Wolff, referring to the 2019 United States Grand Prix where Ferrari’s hot streak last year came to an end.
“And here we go, I think we have made a substantial jump in performance from 2019 to 2020 because we needed to last year. And that is a little bit ironic for me.”