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Wolff warns F1 not to "freestyle" with rules

Wolff warns F1 not to "freestyle" with rules

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Wolff warns F1 not to "freestyle" with rules

Wolff warns F1 not to "freestyle" with rules
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Toto Wolff has warned F1 has "too much responsibility" to "freestyle" with its rules after the sport completed its second sprint trial at the Italian Grand Prix.

F1 is trying to attract new supporters and heighten intrigue with the sport by producing a more exciting product as to what is on offer currently.

One such plan has been the sprint weekend format which sees a headline event take place on each day of the weekend, dropping a practice session.

In the past, elimination qualifying has also been tried, as well as multiple other formats since the early 2000s.

During the Monza weekend, F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn refloated the idea of reverse grids, something that Wolff has strongly condemned in the past.

Speaking during the sprint trial, Wolff suggested F1 was attempting to solve an issue that doesn't exist.

"We have resisted, in the past, experiments because they were just too controversial, against what the sport stands for," said Wolff.

"That is real racing with great personalities now and it is broadcasted in the right way and people know it is a meritocracy where the best man and best machine wins.

"You can see this year there is more cars that are really competitive and a really good fight at the top.

"Whatever conclusion we take with the teams, the FIA, FOM and the F1 commission, whether we discontinue or we continue, I think we do it with a fine-tooth comb.

"I don't think this is the regulations we should try with a baseball bat, we have too much responsibility for the sport to just freestyle with regulatory changes."

The final trial of the season is slated for the Sao Paolo Grand Prix in November but Wolff insisted an improved spectacle should not cover the cracks.

"If Brazil proves to be an exciting race, there will be an appetite to continue but the rest, some of the suggestions that have come up are just confused."

What do you think?
Neville

With you there Toto. There's a natural limit to spectator interest and we're very close to it. Make your money some other way Ross.

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Neville
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With you there Toto. There's a natural limit to spectator interest and we're very close to it. Make your money some other way Ross.

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Why not do the simple. Bring back race refueling. It meant your time out of qualifying was based on fuel load as well. It was used tactically and left the audience head scratching until the final refueling stops since the cars full of fuel were obviously slower. And another current automotive idea is an extra battery that is NOT topped up but swapped out during the pitstop for a fresh one. It is a variable booster between pitstops. Let the drivers decide when to use it. Dictate the size only. Let the teams decide on best use. It will create extra research on battery tech.

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We Americans love refueling. Indy is the most competitive big racing series there is, and part of it is because of all that is involved in pit stops.

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@Missedmyturn

Just no.

The worst period of F1 for overtaking, they almost only overtook during pit stops, no no no.

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I must admit I hate the sprint format. You spend one session setting the car up then qualifying. Then the sprint race where a tiny error can drop places that then because of the shorness of the race you can't rectify. Then you have the farce of a practice session where you can't make any adjustment because of Parc Ferme conditions. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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