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According to Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff, a team that dominates Formula 1 too much is always being targeted. An attempt is being made to break a dominance, but according to Wolff, the hard work that has been done to achieve such dominance must also be taken into account.
“As team boss, I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon, as others have done in the past, and say that we need rule changes because we don’t want to allow the dominance to continue,” said Toto Wolff. “This is a meritocracy, and as long as you comply with the rules technically, sportingly and financially, then you just have to say ‘Well done!’, and it’s up to us to catch up.”
“If that takes a long time, it will only take a long time. When a team dominates like Max does with Red Bull, it is done in a fair way.”
“I remember people shouting terribly when we dominated the sport. However, entertainment follows sports and not the other way around. We can’t afford to be like the WWE with prescribed ‘spectacle’. We don’t want to deliver some kind of rehearsed and prescribed spectacle.”
Toto Wolff also looks back on his own dominant period that was broken at the time.
“2020 was a hugely dominant year for us, I think we had our best car ever then, but towards the end of the season they changed the rules by changing the floor, that was to stop us.”
“You can see that in the results in 2021, we were not as competitive as Red Bull. In Silverstone we managed to get a lot more potential and performance out of the car and we fought for the title again.”
“I think we probably lost the Drivers’ Championship in 2021 for several reasons. The last race was one reason for that, but we also lost because of the rules that were introduced to eliminate the advantage we had.”
“At the time, these rules were clearly aimed at changing the pecking order.”