close global

Welcome to GPFans

CHOOSE YOUR COUNTRY

  • NL
  • GB
  • ES-MX
  • US
  • GB
Wolff accused of UNDERMINING Mercedes F1 star

Wolff accused of UNDERMINING Mercedes F1 star

Wolff accused of UNDERMINING Mercedes F1 star

Wolff accused of UNDERMINING Mercedes F1 star

Toto Wolff has been accused of undermining one of his Mercedes drivers following a tense team radio message.

Wolff has steered Mercedes towards championship success during his tenure as team principal, winning eight back-to-back constructors titles.

F1 HEADLINES: Horner SLAMS Mercedes over Verstappen talk as Red Bull eye NEW Mexican driver

READ MORE: Ferrari star criticises TEAM-MATE after Spanish GP squabble

However, it has been a troubling time for the Austrian, with Mercedes looking uncompetitive for the majority of the current F1 era, and losing star driver Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari.

Hamilton has often complained about the pace of his Mercedes this season, describing the Canadian GP as one of his ‘worst’ races.

Lewis Hamilton has been left frustrated by Mercedes' pace
Hamilton will join Ferrari in 2025

Is Wolff the right leader for Mercedes?

On the other hand, Hamilton’s team-mate, George Russell, claimed pole position and finished the race in P3.

After a battle for the final podium spot between two Mercedes drivers, Wolff was forced to remind Russell to ‘focus’ over team radio.

Discussing the battle on the Sky Sports F1 Podcast, pundits Damon Hill and Naomi Schiff accused Wolff of ‘undermining’ the young Brit.

“I think it can be slightly undermining if you’re getting coached by your team boss over the radio during a race,” Hill said.

“You know, being told to sort of ‘focus’ - I think he knows what he’s doing, to quote a famous racing driver.”

READ MORE: Hamilton woes BLAMED for Silverstone ticket sales slump

Hill accuses Toto Wolff of undermining Russell

Naomi Schiff reiterated Hill’s sentiments, assessing the impact of the message on Russell.

“When Toto came on the radio, I thought to myself, ‘gosh’,” she said.

“I remember when my team bosses used to come on the radio and it would put the fear of God in me and I would think to myself ‘what have I done’ that that needs them to come onto the radio?

“So I don't know if that's helpful. Maybe he did need that calming voice. Maybe he did need someone to tell him, look, just reset or refocus, and you've got this, but just stay focused.”

READ MORE: F1 fans vent Hamilton fury as Mercedes 'couldn't bother' with major milestones

Related

Mercedes Ferrari F1 Toto Wolff Hamilton Verstappen
Wolff delivers Hamilton victory chances ahead of Hungarian Grand Prix
Latest F1 News

Wolff delivers Hamilton victory chances ahead of Hungarian Grand Prix

  • July 17, 2024 20:56
Wolff hints at major milestone in Hamilton replacement search
Latest F1 News

Wolff hints at major milestone in Hamilton replacement search

  • July 15, 2024 09:57
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Ontdek het op Google Play