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F1 facing "critical" target to avoid future 'cycles of domination'

F1 facing "critical" target to avoid future 'cycles of domination'



F1 facing "critical" target to avoid future 'cycles of domination'

F1 facing "critical" target to avoid future 'cycles of domination'

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes cycles of domination will always be rife in the sport but is at least expecting next season's regulations overhaul to produce tighter racing.

F1 will introduce a new era in 2022 with cars aimed at promoting more overtaking opportunities due to a decrease in the turbulent air for one car following another.

Domenicali, who took over from Chase Carey in January, acknowledged that long periods of dominance can have a harmful effect on the sport's attempt to grow its audience, but is hopeful the new rules will help drivers to become the star attractions.

“Formula 1 has always been with cycles, with victories for teams or drivers," said Domenicali. "It is true that the longer this cycle, the less attractive it is for a lot of people.

"But there has been a lot of work done around the new regulations, and I don’t want to take any credit for that because I was not involved.

"But there was a clear objective the new regulations would enable the competition to be tight and give the chance for the drivers to be more of a differentiating factor than you may see today with the cars that are very impressive in terms of performance."

Under the current turbo-hybrid era since 2014, Mercedes has won every drivers' and constructors' title available, with the power unit a major factor in its dominance.

Whilst optimism is high the new cars next season will assist in reeling in Mercedes, Domenicali feels the sport must prevent a repeat scenario.

"I think what is important to do is that, if a team [is dominating], and when it is clear that the regulations are evolving, then we need to avoid it happening again," added Domenicali.

"I think that from the [new] simulations, we will have a clearer understanding from what has [already been] simulated.

"This is an important phase where we have to be very close together because the target is critical for everyone.”


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