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Wolff considered that grid penalties are necessary in Formula 1

The Italian Grand Prix this year was marked by the controversial decisions of the FIA. One was that of finishing the race behind the safety car,


The Italian Grand Prix this year was marked by the controversial decisions of the FIA. One was that of finishing the race behind the safety car, while another situation was the configuration of the starting grid as a result of 9 drivers receiving penalties for changes to their engines.

Opinions are divided between those who believe that the FIA adhered to the regulations and those who consider that there is another interpretation of the same, and therefore the decisions could be different. In this context, the executive director of Mercedes, toto wolffconsidered that grid penalties are a necessary evil.

“We have to remember why we have that. Engine-wise we don’t have a cost cap, if there were no grid penalties we would have qualifying engines. Not five but 20 – the big teams and manufacturers would spend what they want to have an advantage,” said the director of Mercedes.

However, Wolff acknowledged that the penalty system has become very complicated, but considered that for now there is no better alternative. In this sense, he pointed out that the possibility of applying sanctions in the constructors championshipwould open the door for some teams to bet only on the drivers.

Likewise, he considered that whatever the measure, the they will find a way to maximize opportunities. “I think we have to reconsider when the engine limit comes into effect, and then all that (excessive grid penalties) will go away.”

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“But even so, we don’t want there to be an arms race in terms of the engines that are brought in. Whatever freedom they give us, we will do it and we will do it in a more strategic way because it is only five seats or 10 seats,” he concluded. the CEO of Mercedes, who have not won this season but sit third in the Constructors’ Championship, 35 points behind ferrari.