Mercedes chief accuses F1 bosses of throwing his team ‘under a bus’ by naming ex-Ferrari engineers

MERCEDES boss Toto Wolff feels his team have been "thrown under a bus" by Formula One's governing body.

The Merc chief is disappointed that FIA race director Charlie Whiting named two former Ferrari engineers who now work for Mercedes, in relation to their request to investigate Ferrari's hybrid engine system.

 Mercedes chief Toto Wolff is furious that the engineers were named

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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff is furious that the engineers were named

SunSport reported last week how Merc chiefs wanted clarification on whether the Ferrari set-up was fully legal.

It has now been resolved with Whiting declaring he is "now satisfied" with the Italian team's explanation, but Wolff is not happy.

When asked if he felt his team had been thrown under a bus with the FIA naming individuals, Wolff replied: "Yes.

"One of my roles is to protect my people and if one of my individuals are named in a wrong context, that is disturbing.

 Wolff talks with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

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Wolff talks with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
 Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix

"Various teams question with the FIA every single day and I think it is not important to put someone out there, and say 'this person is questioning a legality problem'.

"Picking out individuals is not the right thing to do. Some of the things that were said were cherry-picked."

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MERCEDES boss Toto Wolff feels his team have been "thrown under a bus" by Formula One's governing body.