Wolff praises new-look Formula 1

Wolff praises new-look Formula 1

11 August 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has praised the new-look Formula 1 after the first half of the 2014 season.

As part of a regulation overhaul, turbocharged V6 power units have been introduced along with increased energy recovery technologies and restrictions on the amount of fuel that can be used during each race.

Whilst some have criticised the changes, most notably the reduced sound levels, Wolff reckons the sport currently offers plenty of excitement, claiming that it is much more entertaining than previous periods.

"I watched the final race of the 1984 championship in Portugal recently, and I came into it one third of the way through. These races were much more boring: you couldn't hear the engines on TV because they were also turbos, and the only overtaking was lapping," Wolff explained to the official Formula 1 website.

He added: "I think we have a great product, some great races. Will we always have great races? No. But is every football match great? No. You had Bahrain, Montreal, Austria... I think we have a good product."

Wolff also expects Formula 1's modified image to gradually attract other manufacturers to the grid in coming seasons, with Japanese brand Honda already on its way back as McLaren's engine partner from 2015.

"For us at Mercedes the reason we are here is that there is a clear link and exchange between F1 and the road cars, in both directions. That is not a marketing gag but reality, it happens," Wolff went on to comment.

"Honda has proved the concept is interesting. Who knows what discussions are ongoing at various companies about joining. Looking at what Mercedes have done, maybe we could be seeing some of the others joining."

Wolff admitted, however, that Formula 1 has overstepped the mark in some areas in search of excitement, such as the new-for-2014 double points rule that will see drivers given twice the reward at the season finale.

"Have we gone into territory we shouldn't have? Maybe – maybe double points are not right," he said. "But let us do double points and then judge at the end whether we have done something wrong or not. Is it pure and simple, as F1 should be? No it is not, and I am against it. But maybe once we have gone through it we will like it."

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