SEPTEMBER 12, 2023

Wolff accused of political grandstanding

An unnamed Formula 1 boss has accused Mercedes team principal and co-owner Toto Wolff of "political grandstanding".

Toto Wolff
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A report in BusinessF1 magazine said Wolff is being disruptive in recent F1 Commission meetings - including taking one position prior to a meeting and another in the meeting itself.

Wolff's most recent on-again, off-again positions reportedly relate to debates over team capital expenditure restrictions and the 2026 engine rules.

The report said other team bosses have noticed Wolff's shenanigans, but none are willing to go on the record.

One unnamed team boss said Wolff is all smiles and in agreement with us and then goes back on it in the meetings.

Toto is well regarded by many of us and his views have weight, but we all find it (the behaviour) very strange, the unnamed team boss added.

I am sure this is political grandstanding by Toto as it is in his interests to come round to his own point of view - as stupid as that sounds.