Secret taped phone call could land Wolff in hot water

Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff

It has emerged that an explosive conversation with Mercedes director and Williams co-owner Toto Wolff was secretly recorded recently by an Ex Formula 1 team boss.

That is the claim of Bild correspondent Nicola Pohl who reports that the phone call was then transcribed and threatened to be used against the 41-year-old Austrian.

She said the story is the latest chapter in a ‘war’ that has broken out in the paddock, following Mercedes’ ascendance to the very top of the F1 pecking order, and the ‘test-gate’ scandal.

In the taped conversation, Wolff is thought to have spoken negatively about not only his F1 boss, Ross Brawn, but also the Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche.

He also reportedly spoke about the details of his Williams shareholding and his clashing duties at Mercedes, and his ‘complicated’ cooperation with Niki Lauda. (GMM)

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  • WTkFox

    Someone will always hate someone, why should anyone be surprised when there were articles about the idea of getting rid of Brawn as Team Principal?

  • race winner

    oh no toto don’t like his bosses. surely that means that we should all turn against him and fully support the creep taping phone calls. GO CREEP!!!!

  • nothing new

    First the mercedes/hamilton fans defended mercedes cheating, now they will defend wolfie being a sneaky backstabber too.

  • =El Presidente=

    Oh my dear god, .. said the atheist.

    The F1 officially reached a new bottom..

    Achievement : tabloid-level accomplished.

  • =El Presidente=

    Maybe the editors of this page could do something to balance it out a little. :)

    To also put some nice technical articles, about F1-cars, more detailed stories of the workings of DRS , ‘cokebottle’ , exhaust flows, tyres , helmets, pull- or pushrod suspension and other things ๐Ÿ˜€

    I would for sure appreciate a section/column like that ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lol.

    I don’t like toto wolf at all and if he has been slagging off his team members privately then that should be dealt with internally, but come on. Blackmail is illegal, for a start.

  • Tornillo Amarillo

    GrandPrix247 saying this really… somebody should invent F1 news this week?

  • Davin Sturdivant

    Thanks for wasting my time with tabloid news guys…
    People don’t like their bosses? You don’t say… (Waste of internet space)

  • =El Presidente=

    As i mentioned before , it is F1 reaching a low, not the “messenger” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But collin Kolles doing shit like this.. mennn we are all fan of some sport that apparently is runned by toddlers, and low-life-thugs ..

    =it’s almost like the real world= ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Toto Wolff brings more disgrace to Mercedes

    Mercedes is really on a roll, their F1 team has really drug the Mercedes name through the mud. Time for Mercedes to clean house and start over or just pull out all together.

    Toto Wolff and Ross Brawn has brought much shame to Mercedes. I bet Williams is glad Toto Wolff left.

  • Despicable Mercedes

    Well I just read another piece and seems Mercedes is up to their eye balls in this as well as Mercedes has obtained a court order to keep the comments hidden.

    Despicable Mercedes just outright despicable.

    Mercedes has brought nothing but shame upon itself and the sport of Formula One.

    Mercedes is nothing but a bunch of liars and cheats.

  • My name is

    @Despicable Mercedes

    I agree with you, but that’s not new ! Money and politics are the two main problems in F1…
    I hope Ecclestone will be out of F1 at the end of this year and that a lot of things will change next year (not only the motor !).