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Aston Martin ‘collateral damage’ on rules targeted to Mercedes, says Wolff

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point (right) and Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff (left) look on in the Paddock during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 31, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Toto Wolff says he appreciates Aston Martin’s efforts of questioning the FIA but says the team is simply suffering from “collateral damage” from rules that were targeted to Mercedes.

Aston Martin has strongly questioned the FIA rulings regarding the 2021 regulations, saying they were developed against Mercedes and themselves, even saying the regulatory process was affected by commercial rights holders with other interests rather than competitive ones.

Mercedes F1 Team Principal Toto Wolff says he “respects” Aston Martin’s questioning of the new regulations, but that he believes the rules were made against Mercedes and that the British team is only suffering from collateral damage.

“I understand the topic, because of how the rules have fallen into place last year, one can always question what the motivation was,” Wolff told Motorsport.com.

“I think there is always certainly the right to review and look at things and discuss them with the FIA, to find out what has actually happened, and how have things happened.

“That’s why I respect Aston Martin’s inquiry into the whole thing. Maybe things were targeted at us, and they are collateral damage. So yeah. That’s OK.”

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