Cape Town - Toto Wolff has hit back at Helmut Marko after the Red Bull
advisor accused Mercedes of "influencing" Pirelli to alter the tyres
This season Pirelli brought tyres with thinner treads to the
Spanish Grand Prix with rivals saying the change came at the behest of
And with the Brackley squad claiming an emphatic 1-2, the
knives were out.
Marko told Bild: "The tyres were changed at the request
of Mercedes. When you're a team and a manufacturer at the same time, you can do
"We produce energy drinks. Of course we cannot
influence as much compared to a maker of passenger cars."
Wolff has fired back.
"It's not the first time the doctor sees ghosts,"
"There were problems with blistering on the tyres in
the winter tests, even at Red Bull. The rears looked like a volcanic landscape.
So Pirelli improved them.
"It's bad for business if tyres explode."