Toto Wolff says any discussions about potentially changing the regulations for this season are "absurd".

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has been vocal of his criticism of the new F1 rules and is due to arrive in Bahrain on Sunday for talks with FIA president Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone about the sport's future. With Ferrari mooting the idea of shortened races and Red Bull also wanting to change the fuel flow regulations, Mercedes executive director (business) Wolff said it was a case of sour grapes from teams who have not done as good a job as his own.

"The interesting bit is that some engine manufacturers or teams are saying 'We haven't managed to make the car efficient and fast with 100kg, so what we're trying to do is add 10kg, sorry we didn't do our job in the way that we should have done'. So I find this whole discussion absurd," Wolff said.

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With Adrian Newey having also criticised the direction the sport has taken, Wolff said it was clear that the new regulations were yielding impressive results, a fact which should be celebrated.

"We are 0.8s off pole from last year with a car which is 25% down on downforce with much harder tyres. We're at the beginning of the season, with a 30% more efficient car - 30% less consumption - with more power, more torque and greater straight-line speed, so what are we talking about?

"We are in a brilliant technical revolution and we talk the sport down. So is it because we have an agenda? Somehow I don't get it."

Wolff admitted that he understood teams will look to reduce the competitive advantage enjoyed by its rivals, but says the whole sport is suffering as a result.

"If this is the agenda then we shouldn't talk the sport down as a whole. We should say 'Hold on a minute, Mercedes has done a better job and the engine is more efficient' or whatever it is. But probably those discussions happen every weekend. The rules are the rules; the rules were implemented a long time ago, if you want to change the rules then you can do that for next year. But I don't see that happening."

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier was even more dismissive of the motives behind any discussions over potential changes.

"I could ask the question back to be honest: Why does Ferrari suddenly want to change the rules? Because they are qualifying even behind us?"