Ex-F1 team boss Kolles tried to blackmail Wolff for money

Colin Kolles was boss of the now defunct HRT team

Colin Kolles was boss of the now defunct HRT team

It has emerged that former HRT boss Colin Kolles tried to blackmail Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff earlier this year.

We reported earlier that a conversation between Wolff and a then-unnamed former Formula 1 team boss was “secretly recorded” and then threatened to be used against him.

Bild newspaper had said Wolff spoke negatively about his own boss, Ross Brawn, colleague Niki Lauda, and also Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, whilst divulging details of his clashing co-ownership of the Williams team.

A subsequent report by the magazine Sport Bild said that Wolff had been taped in mid February this year by former HRT and Force India boss Kolles, in Barcelona.

That report said that Kolles then threatened to release the details of their explosive conversation unless Wolff paid a sum of money.

Reportedly, Wolff and Kolles have settled their dispute with the intervention of Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, while Mercedes has obtained a court order preventing the publication of the details of the conversation.

Sport1 said that Kolles would not comment, and that Mercedes also declined to comment. The German news agency SID said that Wolff could not be reached. (GMM)

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