F1 news: Toto Wolff 'fed up' with Hamilton, Mercedes sent warning, Horner called out – Express

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Max Verstappen will take a commanding lead into the weekend with a 46-point advantage over team-mate Sergio Perez Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc lies 49 points behind Verstappen after the Monegasque’s strong start crumbled away.
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Leclerc has now retired from two of the last four races as mechanical failures plagued him in Spain and Azerbaijan. The Ferrari star also suffered from bad luck in the other two to drop behind his main title rival.
A bad strategy call in Monaco cost him a great chance of victory, while a grid penalty for taking new engine parts ended his chances in Canada before the race had begun. Silverstone provides new optimism for the British pair of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
The Mercedes stars have been promised new upgrades for their home race in a bid to close the gap on the leaders. An excellent third and fourth in Canada was their joint-best result of the season so far with Russell maintaining his record of top-five finishes in 2022.
Fernando Alonso could have won more F1 championships if he had a better car, according to Gerhard Berger. 
The former Ferrari star said he would have “100 per cent” won more titles if he was behind the wheel of a Red Bull or Mercedes. 
He said: “I have to say, with his talent, Alonso could have five world championship titles for me.
“After McLaren, he closed the doors a bit because, if he were in a Mercedes, he would have five world titles.”
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Lewis Hamilton could be replaced by a crop of top talent if he quits F1. 
Suggestions include Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo. 
It comes after Bernie Ecclestone claimed Hamilton could sell his position at the team. 
He said: “This is how much I am getting, I’ll step down and give me half of what I would get’ – Toto can go and do one of his magic deals, offer someone less money, and keep £20 million.”
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Toto Wolff has fired back at F1 rivals such as Christian Horner for “politcal manoeuvring” over bouncing issues. 
The Mercedes boss has been vocal over the potential damage porpoising is causing to the health of drivers and is pushing for rules changes.
However, Horner is against any mid-season updates, claiming changes would be “unfair”.
Wolff said: “The political manoeuvring that has been going on doesn’t consider what is at the core of this topic. And at the core of this topic is that, since the beginning of the season, race drivers have been complaining about pain to drive these cars.
“Back pain, blurred vision – we are talking about micro-concussions and people are giving their feedback.”

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Aston Martin boss Mike Krack has claimed the team still want to keep Sebastian Vettel at the team for the long term despite rumours he could lead F1.
The four-time champion has hinted he will decide his future over the summer after previously claiming there was lots about F1 he no longer enjoyed. 
However, Krack has said the team were in talks over a new contract extension but revealed a decision was down to whether Vettel wanted to stay on. 
He said: “We were always clear that if he wants to continue, we would like him to stay for long, yes.
“We are talking. We have a very, very good relationship, and it is not that we have to set each other deadlines.”
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Christian Horner has claimed Max Verstappen’s driving style has changed since beating Lewis Hamilton last season.
The Red Bull star said Verstappen was driving with “even more maturity” this season after securing his first title. 
Horner said: “He’s definitely built on his experience from last year, and you can see that having won that World Championship, he’s just driving with even more maturity.”
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Mark Webber has claimed Max Verstappen will win the 2022 world championship as he writes off Charles Leclerc, George Russell or Lewis Hamilton’s chances. 
The former Red Bull star claimed the team will “dominate the championship” as their car can “do everything”. 
Verstappen leads the championship by 46 points from team-mate Sergio Perez heading to Silverstone.
He said: “Red Bull will continue to dominate this championship. They have a car that is very good on downforce levels, on all compounds of tyre.”
“It’s like a tennis player on all surfaces or a golfer on all holes, short, long, chipping, putting, driving, the Red Bull can do everything.”
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Toto Wolff and Christian Horner’s fight at the Canadian Grand Prix could have turned heated due to the prescence of Netflix cameras. 
Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer has cquestioned if the cameras helped to  create “drama that otherwide wouldn’t be there”. 
However, he has praised the Drive to Survive series as he said it helped bring new audiences to F1. 
Szafnauer said: “So is it good for the fans? Does it help all of us if they understand some of that stuff? Maybe. Does it create drama that otherwise wouldn’t be there?
“I don’t know. It’s hard to tell, because it’s not a controlled experiment. We’ve got to have the same meeting without them there, so I don’t know.
“I think [with] that kind of stuff, if the fans see it, and understand it, it just creates a bit more attraction to our sport. I think that’s good.”
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Toto Wolff is getting “fed up” with Lewis Hamilton, according to Bernie Ecclestone. 
The former F1 boss has questioned the seven-time champions attitude behind the wheel, claiming he wasn’t trying.
Ecclestone even suggested Wolff could look at replacing Hamilton in the near future if performances don’t get better.
He said: “Toto is getting a bit fed up with Lewis. I don’t think he’s trying, do you?
“Let’s put it another way, Lewis doesn’t seem bothered about losing. It’s not like him. He has a competitive nature – but he’s taking losing a bit easy for my liking.”
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Mercedes have been sent a warning by Pirelli boss Mario Isola, who suggested Pirelli’s tyres are not to blame for bouncing issues. 
He said the porpoising was an issue “coming from the cars” and even said it was an issue teams “have to address” themselves. 
He added: “I don’t think that 18-inches are making these effects worse. I think it’s probably the opposite.”
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Christian Horner has been called out for complaining about F1’s budget cap rules so far this season. 
Jacques Villeneuve warned even smaller teams were complying with the regulations despite Horner’s consistent demands for an extension to the cap. 
Villeneuve said: “You agreed and then you don’t back down. The smaller teams don’t even get it, so why should they accept it.
“Alpine is a big manufacturer, has enough money but also sticks to it. Because they play by the rules and they are still competitive too.”
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