F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali wants a multi-driver title battle in 2022, saying that there is too much talent on the grid not to have one.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton contested a historic title battle in 2021. It was a duel of epic proportions, and one that had everyone on the edge of their seats. The two drivers took the championship fight all the way to the last lap of the last race of the season, ensuring a grandstand finish to the season.
However, the other impressive aspect of the championship battle was the amount of mainstream attention it received. A lot of interested eyeballs were on the sport as the season went on, with everyone watching in earnest as the drivers went to war.
A two-horse race garnered lot of critical acclaim, but F1 is looking for more. Accordingly, Domenicali wants a multi-driver title battle in 2022 to give the sport more recognition.
“Of course I very much hope that the duel will continue,” the boss told Sport1.de.
“But I also hope that other drivers can get involved in the title fight. We have so many young and talented drivers at the moment, an extremely strong field.
“That’s why the focus at the moment is on whether the new cars will allow more drivers to fight for victories and the title with them,” he said.
Defence of the champion
“Every driver is unique,” Domenicali continued.
“Max has grown tremendously in the last few years. In 2021 he was constantly driving at the limit. That’s why I think he deserves the title.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him in the new situation as reigning champion. He has realised his dream. I am curious to see how he will perform in 2022.”