Mercedes chief Toto Wolff requires a penalty guidelines to be ‘reconsidered’ after Italy Grand Prix

‘We do not wish to have an arms race’: Mercedes chief Toto Wolff requires a penalty guidelines to be ‘reconsidered’ after the chaotic scenes that led to a number of grid adjustments forward of Italian Grand Prix

  • Mercedes Toto Wolff says the foundations on grid penalties are too sophisticated 
  • Follows farcical scenes on the Italian Grand Prix the place groups waited on placings 
  • 9 drives have been hit with penalties in Monza following engine adjustments to automobiles  

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff believes the present Method 1 engine penalty guidelines must ‘reconsidered’ after the chaos on the Italian Grand Prix. 

9 drivers acquired penalty factors in Monza for taking new engine elements to the autos, with groups figuring out the quick Italian observe as the very best race to sacrifice doable grid placings because it was the best place for overtaking. 

Nonetheless, what adopted was a farcical few hours after the qualifiers, the place due to the confusion over various penalty sorts, it wasn’t recognized by anybody concerned with the race which place drivers could be beginning the race. 

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff believes changes need to made on F1's penalty rules in the future

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff believes adjustments must made on F1’s penalty guidelines sooner or later

It took the FIA 4 hours to publish the official beginning grid and its led to a debate over whether or not the present  system – the place groups are punished with grid penalties until the meet particular engine elements that may utilized in a season – wants revising. 

‘We have to rethink [the system] when the engine cap kicks in.’ Wolff believes. 

‘However nonetheless, we do not wish to have an arms race on engines being introduced as a result of no matter freedom they provide us, we’ll do it and we’ll do it much more strategically.’

Max Verstappen won the Italian Grand Prix only after multiple penalties were handed out

Max Verstappen received the Italian Grand Prix solely after a number of penalties have been handed out 

The Austrian is conscious although, that there must be a way of constructing positive groups do not take benefit over the foundations on altering elements.

He added: ‘If [a penalty] is just 5 or 10 locations, we’ll blow an engine each race as a result of it’s going to be three-tenths [of a second] faster than the one earlier than. So there must be a sure deterrent.

‘On the chassis aspect, we’re price capped. We weren’t earlier than. On the engine aspect, we’re not cost-capped but. If there aren’t any grid penalties, we’d have qualifying engines – not 5 however 20. The massive groups would spend what they need as a way to have a bonus and that’s the reason there must be a sure issue that avoids that. That’s the place it’s coming from.’ 

Ferrari's Mattia Binotto is in agreement that something needs to change regarding penalties

Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto is in settlement that one thing wants to vary concerning penalties 

Wolff is not the one one who believes the foundations should be checked out on this present period. Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto additionally says there must be extra readability in terms of the penalties. 

 ‘It took that lengthy as a result of there are completely different interpretations and the regulation just isn’t clear sufficient,’ mentioned the Italian.

‘That is one thing we have to deal with actually for the long run. I believe not solely how we resolve the grid place primarily based on the penalties, however the quantity of penalties we have is simply too many as properly. Possibly the three PUs per driver is simply too little for what we now have achieved – perhaps it must be reconsidered for the following seasons.’

The F1 Championship resumes subsequent weekend in Singapore, with chief Max Verstappen trying to safe his second title in a row with a win on the Marina Bay Avenue circuit. 


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