Wolff Appreciates Qatar Measures, Enjoys Such Races

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes it’s too early to predict if there will be less spectacle in Formula 1 due to car developments, and suggests waiting to see how the Pirelli tyres handle next year’s cars.

Highlights

‣ The 2023 racing season has seen several spectacular races, such as the Dutch Grand Prix where drivers started in dry conditions and switched to intermediates by the end of lap 1.
‣ Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, expressed concerns about potential changes in the spectacle of Formula 1 due to car developments over the winter.
‣ Wolff is keen to see how the Pirelli tyres will handle with next year’s cars and how the season will pan out.
‣ Wolff noted that overtaking has become more difficult since the start of the 2022 regulations and would prefer races like Qatar, where drivers can go flat out.


2023 has been a year of spectacular races. Take the Dutch Grand Prix, for instance. It started dry, but by the end of the first lap, drivers were already switching to intermediates.

Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, was a bit less thrilling. With car developments over the winter, some are worried that the spectacle of Formula 1 might diminish.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, however, isn’t jumping to conclusions. He shared his thoughts with GPblog and others, saying, “I wouldn’t see it negatively here in November in Abu Dhabi.”

Wolff suggests that we should wait and see what happens in Bahrain next year. He’s curious about how the season will pan out. “Let’s wait how it goes,” he says, “and I think let’s see how the Pirelli tyres are going to handle next year’s cars.”

Wolff has been at the centre of some controversy, with heavy accusations from the competition.

He’s keen to see races like the one in Qatar. According to Wolff, we’ll have to wait until after the winter to see if there’s going to be a problem with on-track spectacle.

Wolff has noticed a change since the start of the 2022 regulations. “At the end when you’re looking, overtaking has got worse, and, is all about thermal management,” he says. He’d like to see races where drivers can just go flat out, like in Qatar.

This refers to the measures the FIA took in Qatar due to hairline cracks in the tyres.

Albert Ramirez
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