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Wolff spoke to Horner over feedback Mercedes favoured Hamilton

Hamilton at the moment leads the F1 drivers’ championship by 47 factors forward of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sitting 50 factors off the lead.

Hamilton would equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time document of seven F1 titles if he can win the championship this 12 months. He would additionally break Schumacher’s document for probably the most titles gained with a single crew, as it will be his sixth for Mercedes.

Red Bull crew principal Horner mentioned on Friday in Italy that it was “obvious that Mercedes favour Lewis”, citing its technique calls and place of its vehicles.

“Why wouldn’t they put Bottas on a two-stop, for example, in Spa?” Horner mentioned.

“That would have given him the opportunity to win the race.

“The problem is obviously everything is geared towards Lewis this year on his record breaking, or record-equalling campaign.

“The reality for Valtteri is unless he qualifies ahead he hasn’t got a chance.”

Asked about Horner’s feedback on Saturday after qualifying at Monza, Wolff revealed that he spoke to Red Bull’s F1 chief to make Mercedes’ place in giving its drivers equal therapy clear.

“I spoke to him about that,” Wolff revealed.

“He said: ’Why didn’t you pit Valtteri for the second stop?’ I said if we would have known that a two-stop is quicker, we would have pitted Lewis as well.

“In hindsight, the two-stop is the better strategy, but we didn’t want to lose position against Max, because it was not clear whether we would beat Max on-track.

“I said why didn’t you pit Max for a second stop? You could have beaten us. He said: ‘Well we weren’t sure we would be able to overtake Ricciardo’.

“Well hello? Here we go! It’s exactly the same situation.

“There is no such thing as prioritising one driver over the other. We have always played it completely open, transparent and fair. That is how we’re going to continue.”

Mercedes has all the time insisted on parity between its two drivers, although strategies comparable to alternating giving Hamilton and Bottas the selection to be the primary automotive out in qualifying at races.

Wolff mentioned after the Belgian Grand Prix that there have been “no rules in place between the two drivers” and that they’re “allowed and free to race”.

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