Mercedes pushed for pitstop clampdown says Mario

Mercedes is behind a new FIA clampdown that looks set to slow down the lightening speed of title rival Red Bull’s pitstops. That is the claim of Dr Helmut Marko, after the FIA circulated a new technical directive that on paper will add at least several tenths to the quickest pitstop times from Hungary. “Mercedes pushed this because they wanted to steal our advantage in the pitstops,” Red Bull’s Marko alleged. However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists he is “not 100 percent sure” why the FIA issued the new guidelines. But he did admit that the German team “enquired with the FIA” about pitstop safety with regards to a “safety mechanism” in use by Mercedes. However, Marko is sceptical the FIA will even be able to police the new rules.

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