Toto Wolff got ‘upset’ with fellow F1 bosses over coffee ahead of Canadian GP

Toto Wolff has admitted he got "upset" during a meeting with fellow team bosses at the Canadian Grand Prix, accusing them of not taking a safety issue seriously enough.

The problem of porpoising and bouncing, which most cars on the grid have suffered from this season, has been a major talking point this weekend. The FIA, F1’s governing body, has announced its plans to monitor the issue more closely and could order teams to modify their setup if they don’t satisfy certain parameters.

The FIA say they have taken action in the interests of safety after a number of drivers were left with back pain and headaches due to excessive bouncing. The move hasn’t pleased all teams though, with the likes of Red Bull claiming it is unfair for rules to be amended mid-season.

That kind of rhetoric hasn’t done down with Wolff, who was part of what was described as “feisty” by Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle, who interviewed the Mercedes chief ahead of qualifying in Montreal.

Brundle started by saying: “The coffee morning you like to have was quite feisty and you were getting quite upset with them.”

Wolff replied: “Yeah, sometimes you’re getting upset. I believe what we’ve seen in Baku and also here is that literally every driver from every team, including the frontrunners, have said they are suffering from the bouncing.

“It’s all fair that we have political fights about performance gains. [But] I think some of them are taking it too lightly when it comes to drivers’ health.

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“I think in Baku it was definitely too dangerous to run these cars. Everyone suffered and you can see the porpoising on the straight is quite dangerous, and we had it here yesterday too.”

Mercedes have suffered more than most and Wolff admitted the team has clearly took a wrong turn when designing the car for the new regulations.

“I think we got it wrong in terms of what we expected in mechanic grip,” he said. “The downforce on our car is just too low for what you can realistically run. It’s a direction we need to change and we are doing [it] but it’s very slow. It’s not what we expected from ourselves and where we should be.”

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