Mercedes boss Toto Wolf on driver safety: taken “too lightly”

Mercedes Driver Safety Director Toto Wolf: “It’s fair that we’re fighting political battles to increase productivity, but I think some of them take it too lightly when it comes to drivers’ health.”

Last updated: 19/06/22 00:30


Mercedes team director Toto Wolfe gives an honest interview to Martin Brundell about driver safety, Mercedes problems and Lewis Hamilton's way of thinking.

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Mercedes team director Toto Wolfe gives an honest interview to Martin Brundell about driver safety, Mercedes problems and Lewis Hamilton’s way of thinking.

Mercedes team director Toto Wolfe gives an honest interview to Martin Brundell about driver safety, Mercedes problems and Lewis Hamilton’s way of thinking.

Mercedes team director Toto Wolff insists that driver safety is taken “too lightly” amid problems caused by the Formula 1 guinea pig.

Earlier this week, the FIA ​​announced new measures in a bid to combat “pretense” amid concerns about the safety of Formula One drivers, and this continued to be a major topic of discussion in Montreal ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The strong jump in cars was an unexpected problem after the introduction of completely new F1 design regulations for 2022, with Mercedes being one of the most affected teams.

Lewis Hamilton complained about the problem all season, but with the uneven street track in Baku during the Azerbaijani Grand Prix last weekend, which exacerbated the problem and left the seven-time world champion in great pain after the race, the governing body of Formula 1 took action.

Despite the changes, Wolfe admitted he was upset after what was described as a “pushy” team principles team on Saturday morning, when the Mercedes boss talked to other team bosses about jumping and guinea pig problems affecting pilots in the lattice.

Ted Kravitz takes a closer look at the performance issues Mercedes has struggled with throughout the season.

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Ted Kravitz takes a closer look at the performance issues Mercedes has struggled with throughout the season.

Ted Kravitz takes a closer look at the performance issues Mercedes has struggled with throughout the season.

He said Sky Sports F1: “Yes, sometimes you get upset… I believe that what we saw in Baku and here is that every pilot of every team, including the leaders, has said that he suffers from a bounce or a bottom. Perez said he had blurred vision.

“It’s fair that we’re fighting political battles to increase productivity, but I think some of them take it too lightly when you look at the health of drivers.”

Asked if he thought it was too dangerous to drive these cars, he added: “I think it was definitely too dangerous to drive these cars in Baku. Each one was injured and it was obvious that the bottom of the line was quite dangerous. We saw him here yesterday. “

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Wolff admits Mercedes’ mistakes

Mercedes’ fights have been well documented so far this season.

They finished just four third places this season – one for Hamilton and three for George Russell – while rivals Red Bull and Ferrari won each race between them.

They are currently third in the constructors’ standings, 118 points behind leader Red Bull, and Wolf admitted in an interview with Sky Sports F1 Martin Brundel said his team had made mistakes, but he insisted they knew which direction to go to improve performance.

The head of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolf, for the color language he uses to describe the car:

“I think I just said what we all think.

“Everyone on the team knows that we haven’t done a good enough job in general. I try to support the driver because you drive around in a car that is dangerous and not going fast.

“I wanted to make sure we knew it wasn’t the driver’s ability or disability, we’re not doing our job right now. He is”.

“I think we misunderstood, probably wrongly, in terms of what we expected in terms of mechanical traction and downforce, that our car is too low for what you can realistically drive,” he said.

“This is a direction we need to change, we are doing this, but it is very slow.

“I’m with you, isn’t that what we expected from ourselves or where we should be?”

As for improvements, he added: “I believe we know quite well where we need to go. You see, in all the other cars I drive on the ground, the others have more rake. So we have to develop differently and that’s what’s happening. “

Mercedes boss Toto Wolf on whether he agrees with Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion that Mercedes should do its best:

“On the road you just have to set up and adjust the product, but the product is made in the factory.

“Therefore, whatever we do here, we just go in a circle, going up and down. Very difficult for drivers.

“Here on the track, on the field, we just have to do our best.”

“Disappointment with Abu Dhabi does not affect Hamilton’s performance”

Along with the struggles, Hamilton’s problems this season are also well documented.

The seven-time world champion missed his eighth title in the last lap of last season at Max Verstappen and after this disappointment he finished on the podium only once this season.

And after finishing third in Bahrain, he also finished behind his Mercedes teammate George Russell in every race since.

He drives very mature. Fast. I admire that I listen to reasoning and whether it is P3 or P12, it always uses the same tone of voice and logic with a clear goal to optimize its performance.

Toto Wolff for the performances of George Russell

Despite his poor results this season, however, Wolf believes that the disappointment of the last lap does not affect Hamilton on the track this season.

“I think Abu Dhabi definitely hurts a lot,” Wolff said. “I can agree. I know how I feel, but I haven’t been in a car and I lost my eighth World Cup record.

“But I don’t think it affects his performance in the car. I think it’s probably something that’s in the back of your mind sometimes when you’re alone and turning off the light that you’re annoyed by it.”

Canadian GP coverage starts at 5.30pm BST on Sunday night with the lights off at 7pm.

F1 on Sky Sportsthe full schedule for sunday …

Sunday, June 19

17:30: Grand Prix Sunday: Canada

19:00: CANADIAN GRAND PRIX

21:00: Checkered flag: Canada

22:00: Ted’s Notebook: Canada

23:00: Highlights from the Canadian Grand Prix

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