There seemed to be some tension between Mercedes and Red Bull. Just recently, FIA has to remind Formula One manufacturers that they are prohibited in using burned engine oil after accusing Mercedes on doing this in the qualifiers.
Red Bull had some speculations over Mercedes in the past 12 months. The team has been wondering how they were able to pass the qualifiers using a questionable engine.
According to Motor Sports, there have been speculations that Mercedes was burning excess oil and adding power boosting additives to its engine. The three-time champion did this to boost its engine in Q2 and Q3.
Under the new regulations, F1 engines were not allowed to use excel oil on their system. Engine developers reportedly had limited approved chemicals to use in their power engines.
Mercedes has denied this allegation stating that it has been complying with the Formula One regulations. Crash reported that the team has no qualms to other teams and sees nothing unusual to their claims.
"There have been discussions around suspension legality," Wolff said. "As far as Mercedes is concerned I'm very confident and comfortable with the situation."
"We know what the rules say and what you are allowed and not allowed to do. I think it is the usual kicking at the beginning of the season and it is not something that is worrying for us," he added.
Toto Wolff explained that he hold no ill-feelings towards any of their rival teams. He explained that it is natural for other teams to check other teams for any exploitation on the gray areas found in the new regulations.
Wolff explained that their rival team's accusation is a product of the complicated new regulations of Formula 1 racing. He explained that the complicated new regulations of Formula 1 allowed gray areas that can be easily exploited by any Formula 1 team.
According to Toto Wolff, he believes that it is important for FIA to explain clarify on this gray area. So that, other teams will have a clear understanding of the new Formula 1 rules.