F1: Eddie Jordan slams Toto Wolff for throwing team under the bus
–by Mark Cipolloni–
Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan (shown above left) has slammed Toto Wolff for throwing his design team under the bus about the design of Mercedes’ 2023 car.
Wolff demanded “radical” changes after Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and over 50 seconds behind Max Verstappen’s dominant Red Bull in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Austrian bemoaned the Bahrain GP as one of his “worst days in racing”, while Hamilton had earlier described Mercedes’ current concept as being “on the wrong track”.
“He’s the CEO, he’s the boss. The buck stops with him. This is happening under his watch,” Jordan said on the Formula For Success podcast.
“To blame or criticize anybody in his design team is actually disingenuous. It’s really crass.
“I hate to hear that because he must be a man, stand up and take it on the chin and say, ‘my team, my people, we have failed to get the job successfully done at this moment. However, there are times ahead that we’re looking forward to, and we will be there much stronger than we were in 2022’.
“I think that Toto is strong enough, big enough and man enough to front this up and actually sort it out.”
Both Hamilton and Wolff have thrown the team under the bus since the Bahrain GP and they risk leading to a “civil war” at Mercedes.