Toto Wolff has shot down Paddy Lowe’s suggestion that Mercedes were sandbagging in 2014 to avoid knee-jerk engine regulation changes.

Lowe was executive director of Mercedes at the start of the turbo hybrid era in 2014, staying with the team for that season and two more – in all of which they won both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships, as they also have in the four since.

The 59-year-old claimed in a recent podcast that Mercedes nailed the new engine so emphatically that through most of 2014, it was “never on full power for qualifying” because the team did not want to be so far ahead of their rivals as to potentially spark rule changes that disadvantaged them.

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