Toto Wolff has hinted Mercedes received unequal treatment from the FIA after the disqualification of Lewis Hamilton from qualifying at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.


  • Wolff explained Red Bull has been allowed to change parts of the rear wing in parc ferme in the past with no consequences.
  • The Mercedes team principal referred to Hamilton’s penalty as “very harsh,” and that he will need to discuss with the FIA regarding the alleged inconsistencies.

What he said:

  • “We had a broken part on our rear wing, which we couldn’t look at, couldn’t analyze and failed the test, and after got disqualified, [which was] very harsh.”
  • “Then you see on the Red Bull [there are] repairs three times in a row, whilst being in parc ferme, with no consequence.”
  • “We heard that [for] a third time in a row Red Bull was allowed to change parts on the rear wing under parc ferme. I need to clear that up with the FIA.”
  • “Under parc ferme there is rules and if it becomes a routine, that you’re changing the same part three times in a row, I think at a certain stage, if the other team is being disqualified by a change that was a reliability issue, the other one can change it.”
  • “But I don’t want to complain. It’s the wrong place. Because the talking needs to be done on track anyway.”

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi had denied the allegations of unequal treatment, and you can read about it here.

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