Toto Wolff has laughed off Christian Horners accusation that he has been lobbying the FIA to change the rules in Mercedes favour, saying the Red Bull boss is just bored.
There is no love lost between Wolff and Horner, especially after last years ferocious championship fight.
Their fraught relationship continued into this season, this time the team bosses arguing over porpoising with the FIA set to change the rules after Mercedes had urged them to intervene, citing driver safety.
Horner feels Mercedes should fix their own problems after all, Red Bulls RB18 barely suffers with any bouncing unlike its Mercedes counterpart.
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The Red Bull team boss accused Wolff of lobbying the FIA.
I think theres an awful lot of lobbying to change regulations significantly for next year so a certain team can run its car lower and benefit from that concept, Horner told Sky Sports.
Wolff has shrugged this off, saying every team try to sway the FIA to their way of thinking.
I think hes just bored up there at the top. Thats nice for him, Wolff said to Motorsport.com.
So he doesnt do any lobbying? He sits in the office and doesnt call anyone and just does his thing?
Working with the FIA is always part of it so I dont know what hes referring to, but in the end we are both part of the same circus.
He added: Of course, if youre at the front, you want to make sure nothing changes. And if youre not at the front, you want to make sure a lot of things are changing.
Those are the two positions its about.
Horners other argument as to why the rules should not change is Mercedes seem to have solved the problem even trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says it is no longer an issue.
Wolff, though, has his doubts.
Its not gone, said the Austrian. The cars are far too stiff and bounce. And if you ask the drivers, a large proportion will agree at least if you ask them anonymously.
There was a discussion among the drivers but nobody is talking about the outcome.
Its about a technical set of rules to protect the drivers. And if the cars are too stiff and bounce, you should do something about it now.
Mercedes have yet to win a grand prix this season and trail Red Bull by 137 points in the Constructors Championship.