AlphaTauri F1 Boss Strongly Disagrees With Toto Wolff’s Recent Suggestion

Published 10/02/2021, 9:17 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


There is a plethora of young talent in Formula 2 who are struggling to make their way into the pinnacle of motor racing. The notable examples of which include Ferrari’s Callum Ilott, Alpine’s Oscar Piastri, and Guanyu Zhou. In addition, Nyck de Vries, who won the Formula 2 and this year’s Formula E championship, couldn’t find a seat for himself.

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In order to guarantee young drivers a place in Formula 1, Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff has proposed an idea of having three cars per team. Wolff, who himself has struggled in the past to find seats for Mercedes academy products like George Russell and Esteban Ocon, suggests increasing the starting grid from 20 to 30.

However, AlphaTauri team principal, Franz Tost, is not a huge fan of Toto Wolff’s suggestions of a third car.

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Franz Tost disagrees with Toto Wolff

As quoted by Sport1, when asked what he thinks of having three cars per team, as suggested by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, Franz Tost replied: “There were always too few places in Formula 1. At the moment, there are 20 cars and they have the best drivers.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 19: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff smiles in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“If you have the right talent, you will end up in Formula 1 at some point. I don’t see the third car: it starts with who is supposed to finance it. In addition, the paddock and pits are at their limit in terms of space. I don’t even know where to put the third car,” concluded the AlphaTauri team principal. (Translated via Google Translate)

Williams’ boss suggests leaving the field as it is at the moment

The idea of adding a third car per team may sound good for the fans and for the big teams like Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull, but the mid-field team worries about resources and finances.

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“You can’t increase to 30 cars now. That works relatively poorly. Upgrading a team from two to three cars is also incredibly difficult, that’s 50 percent more. I don’t know how to do that with 22 or 23 races a year,” said Capito.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021. Williams Racing Chief Executive Officer Jost Capito in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“I think the top 20 drivers should be in Formula 1. And I think that’s the case right now. There are also other racing series where you can avoid it. It’s difficult for the boys and only the creme de la creme prevails.”

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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