Toto Wolff: ‘Everything has been done to stop Mercedes’

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff talks about his efforts to adapt to new 2022 Formula 1 rules that he says were designed to “stop” his team.

Formula 1 will implement new technical regulations for the 2022 season. Coupled with the spending cap that will be introduced next year, it’s safe to say F1 has tried to do as much as it can to level the playing field in the sport.

As Mercedes has one of the largest budgets in Formula 1, the new regulations will have a considerable impact on its operation. Toto Wolff relishes the challenge.

“Next year will be a transitional year with the same machines,” said the Austrian.

“As I’ve said before, I expect Honda to give it a big push. And then obviously this big challenge of 2022 is on the doorstep. That will motivate us.

“Everything has been done to stop us. We will all fight on a level playing field financially and everything is pretty much capped.

“I’d like to see us continue to perform well, even through this most dramatic regulatory change that has ever happened in F1.”

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In the midst of all this, Wolff is also contemplating his future with the team.

“My situation is a little bit different, because I’m a co-owner with Mercedes of the team, so I’m never going to abandon it, because it’s just what I love to do,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

“What’s better than to be part of a sports team, to be part of such a fantastic gang of people?

“What I said is that I believe everybody has a shelf life in a role. I haven’t come to the end of mine, I think I can still contribute.

“But I need to think about the future also going forward. Bringing somebody up, developing him doing this role, is something that is a fantastic challenge for me that will be one of the next chapters.

“But you will see me around for a while,” concluded the Austrian.

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