Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has hit back at suggestions by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner that the current champions be reined in for the good of the sport.
The two Mercedes team-mates of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated the 2015 season opener in Australia, leading home nearest rival Sebastian Vettel by half a minute and lapping most of the truncated field.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was a lapped sixth, prompting Horner to call for the FIA to cut Mercedes’ advantage.
An unimpressed Wolff says Red Bull should concentrate on cutting the advantage to Mercedes, rather than seeking the help of the FIA to handicap the champions.
“If you come into Formula 1, try to beat each other and perform at the highest level and then you need equalisation after the first race, that’s not how we’ve done things in the past,” Wolff said.
“I think just get your f***ing head down, work hard and try to sort it out.
“Half a minute is not the world, it’s not like we have lapped the whole field. Equally, Williams was very good today and Valtteri [Bottas] wasn’t even in the race.
“It is just the first race of 20 in the season, so let’s see what happens in Malaysia.”
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