Marko: Wolff told Hamilton about wing to ‘set the mood’

Date published: May 14 2021

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Helmut Marko reckons Mercedes’ complaints about their rear wing were designed by Toto Wolff to “set the mood” in the title fight.

Last time out at the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton raised questioned about Red Bull’s rear wing.

According to the championship leader, “the Red Bulls are really fast on the straights”.

He added: “They have this bendy wing on the back of their car which they put on and they gained at least three tenths from this wing.”

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was quick to deny that there was anything untoward with the RB16B’s design.

“Of course the cars are scrutineered thoroughly and there’s pull back tests, and there’s all kinds of different tests it has to pass,” he said.

“The FIA are completely happy with the car, that it has passed all of those tests that are pretty stringent.”

The FIA, though, has subsequently come out saying they will be introducing new tests on the flexibility of the cars’ rear wings. Those tests will come into effect on June 15, giving the teams a month to correct any issues they may have.

Red Bull aren’t worried.

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The team’s advisor Marko reckons Mercedes’ complaints are nothing more than Wolff trying to play games with Red Bull.

He told F1-Insider.com: “Toto Wolff told Lewis that to set the mood. But we are calm.

“We have passed all tests so far and will continue to do so in future tests.

“It shows how seriously they take our services at Mercedes.

“If we turn into the psychological, then I would expect a little more level there too.”

He’s not the first Red Bull team member to accuse Wolff of starting the rumours about Red Bull’s wing.

“It’s something Toto has mentioned to me previously,” Horner said after Hamilton’s comments. “I doubt it was Lewis’s opinion, it probably came from elsewhere.”

This year’s championship has seen Red Bull take the fight to Mercedes, Max Verstappen runner up to Hamilton in three races with the tables turned at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The title protagonists are separated by 14 points in the race for the World title.

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