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Toto Wolff

Wolff on cost cap penalties: At the end you still sit in a car that's on steroids

Speaking about any potential penalties that could be levied towards teams, the Mercedes Team Principal says he doesn't want to be the one to make the decisions that could impact the competition.

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has said that he would not want to be in the 'shoes of the judges' that have to issue penalties based on cost cap infractions.

Amid the speculation over which team might have broken the cost cap, team bosses have been firm in their desire for any infringement to be penalised hard by the FIA to ensure the integrity of the competition.

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto told Italian media that even a minor cost cap breach would enrage them, while Wolff believes it will be a tough job to judge given the performance gains any breach could yield.

"I tell you, I don't want to be in the in the shoes of judges," he told media, including RacingNews365.

"To judge on that [with] drivers racing their guts out to be on top [when] there is decisions that the team takes they are not involved in. But still at the end, you sit in a car that's maybe on steroids."

Cost cap stories part of F1, says Wolff

The political intrigue has always been part of Formula 1 and Wolff says the latest cost cap controversy is no different.

"This sport has always been so fascinating, because it has always been an on-track and an off-track battle," Wolff explains.

"[Previously] when it was too quiet, Bernie would throw some hand grenade in to just cause some mischief. Here we have the next topic that has just flared up. It is a very serious one, if it were to be deemed as true.

"We shall see, I think that team bosses have already commented much too much because obviously we have been asked the questions.

"But this is a process that we have no involvement in, we just look after our own finances, we make sure that we provide all the materials to the auditors, and they judge whether we are we got it right or wrong.

"Then there is a dialogue that happens, how an interpretation was and why it was and why it wasn't.

"I think we should probably also calm everything down and leave it to Mohammed [Ben Sulayem] and his structure to say 'this is actually the situation' [with the finances]."

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