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Christian Horner

Horner accuses Wolff of 'theatre' with Netflix cameras in FIA meeting

Christian Horner has joked that Lewis Hamilton could find Toto Wolff a role in his upcoming Formula 1 movie after a paddock meeting filled with "drama" and filmed by Netflix.

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Christian Horner has joked that Lewis Hamilton should find his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff a role in his upcoming F1 movie following a heated Team Principals meeting at the Canadian Grand Prix.

There were bosses up and down the paddock present at a Friday meeting that saw discussions held over a Technical Directive (TD) introduced by the FIA to tackle porpoising.

For some drivers, the move was welcomed after a Grand Prix weekend spent bouncing in pain at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

However, there were plenty who stood either against FIA intervention, or against certain elements of the TD, including bosses at Red Bull and Ferrari.

According to Horner, the meeting proved dramatic as he accused Wolff of using "theatre" to push for a change in regulations that he says would favour Mercedes.

Horner: It was a shame

"I think there was an element of theatre going on in that meeting," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com, as he confirmed that the Netflix cameras were present to catch the action on film.

"Maybe with Lewis' new movie coming along, he could get Toto involved in that.

"As a meeting, it was a shame that... I'm trying to pick my words carefully here," he continued, with a laugh.

"Obviously, Ferrari presented its position regarding the TD and Toto is campaigning for change in regulations, which is somewhat ironic because his car looked quite quick [in Montreal] with not a lot of bouncing.

"And I think it was just pointed out to him clearly that perhaps his issues were within, rather than it being everybody's issue."

Horner's position unchanged on Technical Directive

Horner's position on the FIA intervention remains unchanged with the Red Bull boss against a change of regulations mid-way through a season.

He says the problem faced by Mercedes is one they must fix alone, not one they should rely on the FIA to assist with.

Red Bull, meanwhile, have avoided bounce problem all season and feel an FIA move to help their rivals to find the secret to tackling porpoising would be see their hard work go unrewarded.

"The issue with Mercedes is more severe, or has been, than any other cars. Surely it's down to the team [to fix], that's within their control to deal with that," he continued.

"I know has had said that other drivers have been complaining, our drivers have never complained about porpoising ever, perhaps over resurfacing in places.

"The problem is they're running their car so stiff. I think their concept is the issue rather than the regulation."

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