Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff revealed the necessary steps to fix F1, saying that it doesn’t end with a change of staff.
F1 is in serious hot water after the controversial 2021 finale at Abu Dhabi. There, a late Safety Car saw some rules being broken by Race Director Michael Masi and the race leader being robbed of a surefire championship.
Masi restarted the race for one lap and controversially allowed only five cars to unlap themselves. As a result, the two championship protagonists were racing together, and the result was affected.
Mercedes were hard done by the authorities and made their stance pretty clear. Now speaking regarding the sport, Wolff revealed the necessary steps to fix F1, and explained that changing personnel is not enough.
“It’s a bigger problem, my values are simply not compatible with the decisions that were made,” he said, as quoted by the Spanish branch of Motorsport.com.
“It is not just about replacing the race director. The whole decision-making system must be improved.
“It’s one thing to drive hard and have different points of view between drivers and teams, that’s normal. But inconsistent decisions inevitably lead to controversy, much of it totally unnecessary.”
“But this last decision had the biggest impact, and from a sports perspective, it was catastrophic because it decided the World Championship,” Wolff continued.
“I would never say something like that, because in the end we provide entertainment, but that entertainment has to follow the sport and not the other way around.
“Stefano (Domenicali, F1 CEO) is a real racing man and would not be interested in intervening in the races for the entertainment factor. I can’t judge the pressure the race director is under at the time, but the rules are the rules.
“I am sure that all of us, the teams, the drivers, the FIA and F1 itself, can improve the way decisions are made so that the category becomes stronger. While these situations are very painful, they are also opportunities to change and improve,” he concluded.