Mercedes F1 team representative Toto Wolff has secretly manipulated the performance of the first “hybrid” F1 engine in 2014 to be lower than it should be to avoid being overwhelmed by regulations. He strongly denied Paddy Lowe’s remarks.
Former Mercedes F1 technical director Paddy Lowe said Toto Wolff, Daimler, and F1 were “worried about the negative politics of looking too good” about the performance of the F1 engine in 2014. Said in the podcast.
“If Mercedes looked ridiculously good, something would have been done about it,” Paddy Lowe said.
As a result, Mercedes controlled the full range of its dominance by lowering engine power and constantly tweaking throughout the 2014 season, Paddy Lowe said.
But Mercedes F1 team representative Toto Wolff denied it.
“Paddy must have been in a different place than me,” Toto Wolff said in Portugal.
“There is no situation where you lower the engine just to fine-tune the regulation in your direction.”
“We were very competitive in 2014 and I think everyone could see it. It was the beginning of a regulatory environment and it didn’t change anyway. Well, maybe. Paddy would have had such an impression. ”