Wolff backs FIA monitoring of rivals

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Wolff backs FIA monitoring of rivals

Formula 1

Wolff backs FIA monitoring of rivals


Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has backed the FIA for the way it is monitoring the way teams try and find performance from the power units after major gains from Ferrari this season.

Ferrari is now widely accepted to have passed Mercedes in terms of power unit performance after four years of dominance in the V6 turbo era. Ferrari was closely investigated by the FIA in Monaco but the governing body says it was satisfied with the legality of its power unit, and after Lewis Hamilton’s comments in Belgium that Ferrari has “a few trick things” on its car, Wolff (pictured above with his Ferrari opposite number Maurizio Arrivabene) says he’s happy with how the FIA polices the sport.

“It is human nature that if you’re being outperformed on track, you’re looking at yourself where it is lacking and then it’s looking at your competitors,” Wolff said. “And if you haven’t got an explanation, you’re trying to imagine all the nasty things.

“I haven’t got any information, but I have real faith in the FIA. There’s a great group of people around Olivier [Hulot] and Cedrik [Staudohar] and Nikolas [Tombazis] that are on top of things, that control every team and that are open minded and this is the cause for all the teams. Everyone will try to innovate and find additional performance and [the FIA], as far as I’m concerned, are doing the right things.”

Vettel leaves Hamilton and the rest behind in Belgium. (Image by Glenn Dunbar/LAT)

While calling Ferrari “innovative” in its development, Wolff says Mercedes has scope to improve the way it uses its own engine ahead of the next race.

“I think they are very innovative. There are things on the car that they have been developing…they have continued to develop their car and add performance every single race for the last four or five races and that’s it.

“I would hope so, that we have innovations on the car, rather than tricks, and on the engine. You need to continue to find performance on the car and on the engine. We made a decent step this weekend and I’m happy with what we’ve seen on track.

“Now we have to optimize the package and calibration. I expect this to continue and equally on the chassis. Monza should be another good upgrade that we will put on the car and this is a performance race and that will make all the difference between winning and losing this championship.”