Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says “it is a real shame” that Honda is leaving Formula 1, but believes it will “continue to be one of the biggest sports”.
Many have interpreted Honda leaving Formula 1 after 2021 as a sign of the sport losing its relevance. With the Japanese engine manufacturer leaving, only Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault remain. Toto Wolff, however, believes F1’s future is bright.
“I have been in Formula 1 for 12 years and every year we hear that F1 is sick,” the Austrian told Ziggo Sport.
“The truth is that there will always be difficult moments, so it is important that we see it positively.
“If you look at the main markets, it is very peculiar to see that this sport is growing through TV, as the only sport.
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“Social media is not going fast normally and the number of fans has risen by 25%, mainly thanks to Max [Verstappen] and the other young drivers.
“That is also the future target group. It is enormously good news and gives me hope that we will continue to be one of the biggest sports.
“It is a real shame that Honda is leaving the sport. Honda is a great brand and has put Red Bull Racing back on the map. That is very important for them.
“However, we have three engine manufacturers now and that’s more than in most seasons.
“There may even be a new one in the future,” concluded Wolff.