Toto Wolff is against “oversized supermarket parking lot” circuits

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Formula 1 should adapt modern circuits to be more like Imola, Portimao and Mugello.

The COVID-19 crisis forced Formula 1 to include a lot of older European racing circuits into its 2020 calendar. Tracks like Portimao, Imola and Mugello have been praised by drivers and fans for their ‘old-school’ design and characteristics. Toto Wolff says Formula 1 should learn from them.

“I’ve always been very vocal about that I disagree with the direction we have taken on racing on oversized supermarket parking lots because it takes the factor of the driver, his skill, away,” said the Austrian.

“Therefore I really like racing in Imola, I like racing in Mugello and the tracks where you really analyse [matters] if you make a mistake.

“I think we need to bring gravel back to make sure [when] you [are] flying off that you can’t rejoin without any damage to your car.


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“I think you probably can adapt most of the circuits to that kind of standard, but these classic and historic race tracks will always have soul.

“And now you can say that from the modern circuits – Bahrain has a soul also because we’ve been in Bahrain a long time and these guys have been partners to F1 for a long time – but maybe we need to adapt the circuits in exactly the way I’ve described.

“Again, I am not a circuit designer, I am just giving you my feedback from an ex-racing driver and based on the TV pictures that I’ve seen from Mugello, Portimao and Imola,” concluded Wolff.

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