Reports are coming out that things got heated between Toto Wolff, Christian Horner and Mattia Binotto in a meeting on porpoising, with Wolff reportedly going into ‘full Abu Dhabi spec’.
Reports are coming out about a meeting held between team bosses and the FIA and Liberty Media, regarding solutions to porpoising.
After the meeting Toto Wolff publicly called out certain ‘pitiful’ team bosses, saying they were being two-faced and only looking to preserve their “competitive advantage”.
It’s not hard to deduce that the people in question are most probably Red Bull’s Christian Horner, and Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto.
Well, reports are coming out that the discussion in the meeting got very heated between the trio.
“Hearing more and more about an angry exchange between Toto Wolff and Mattia Binotto re the porpoising technical directive at yesterday’s meeting,” wrote journalist Adam Cooper on Twitter.
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“Christian Horner joined in too… and all of this in front of Netflix camera,” he concluded.
The Daily Mail also reported on the meeting, and said their sources were saying Wolff ‘lost his s**t’ and went into ‘full Abu Dhabi spec’, referencing the Austrian’s harsh words following the controversial finish of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“It was a row on a different scale from any of the press conference spats we have seen before,” one source was quoted by the Daily Mail.
Other sources said they thought Wolff had made his argument ‘powerfully but not excessively’. It is also being said that at one point Horner told Wolff to put his ‘own house in order’.
After the meeting, Horner went public saying that Wolff was lobbying to change the rules in the middle of the season.
“Ferrari presented its position regarding the [FIA’s technical directive on porpoising] and Toto is campaigning for a change in regulations — which is somewhat ironic because his car looked quite quick today [at the Canadian Grand Prix] with not a lot of bouncing,” Horner said.
“And I think it was just pointed out to him clearly that perhaps his issues were within, rather than everybody’s issue.”
Horner was then asked if he believes Wolff was playing to Netflix’s cameras.
“I think there was an element of theatre going on in that meeting, so maybe with Lewis’s new movie coming along he’s getting a role for it,” the Briton concluded.