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Wolff thinks new manufacturers cannot have too much advantage

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Monaco GP 2021. Toto Wolff. Credits: Daimler.

Toto Wolff has shared his views about the conditions, on which the new manufacturers should join Formula 1.

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  • Wolff agrees that the new manufacturers should have the opportunity to be at a high level when they join the championship.
  • At the same time, the Mercedes team principal believes that the new entries should not become dominant straightaway.

What he had to say:

  • “Obviously, none of these major car companies wants to come in and face a situation that they are highly uncompetitive, and therefore we need to have systems in place that mitigate those very big risks.”
  • “But, on the other side, F1 is the Champions’ League, and nobody can expect to enter the Champions’ League for the first time and be straight into the final and go home with the big trophy.”
  • “We’ve been there since a long time, we’ve invested lots of money, sweat and blood and terrible results in order to get us where we are.”
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