has thrown its "full confidence" behind Toto Wolff
, following reports he made disparaging remarks about his colleagues and bosses. The German magazine Sport Bild this week claimed Wolff, Mercedes' new F1 co-owner and motor sport director, spoke negatively about Dieter Zetsche, Ross Brawn
and Niki Lauda
during a conversation in February with former HRT
boss Colin Kolles.
Mercedes initially declined to comment. But parent Daimler's head of global communications Jorg Howe has now been quoted as saying: "He (Wolff) has our full confidence and will continue his successful work. We know that formula one is a shark tank," Howe told Germany's Sport1. "If you are successful, you will be pelted with mud." (GMM)
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