McLaren Boss Refuses Claim of His Mercedes Counterpart Toto Wolff Regarding 2022 F1 Cars

Published 11/01/2021, 9:06 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren Managing Director Andreas Seidl in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


With the 2021 Formula One season almost over, fans are excited for next season, as the new regulations will change the way an F1 car looks. However, McLaren’s Andreas Seidl feels that there could be some changes, while Mercedes’ Toto Wolff thinks it will be difficult to make a different car due to the strict regulations.

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The 2022 season isn’t far away, and team bosses are revealing how different the cars will be. Some on the grid feel, they could make some minor changes, while others disagree, taking into consideration how rigid the rules are.

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Next year, teams will have to overcome the strict rules when it comes to designing an F1 car. Seidl feels there is room to make small changes while Wolff isn’t on the same page.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Speaking to Auto Motor Und Sport, Seidl said, “The 2022 cars will look different in various aspects. I also believe that you will see differences between the individual teams.”

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What does Wolff have to say about the new regulations?

While the Mercedes boss doesn’t agree with the McLaren team principal. The Austrian feels the rules are strict, which will make all the cars on the grid look identical.

As quoted by GPFans, Wolff said, “I think you will get very slight variations on a theme. The regulations are so tight now that the variance between the cars will really be quite minimal.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The differences will no doubt be under the skin of the car, which is kind of a shame, that we are going down a route where the shape is so constrained and it will be the livery that will be the biggest differentiator between the cars,” Wolff concluded.

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Who do you think will come out on top next year, when the new regulations kick in? Let us know your predictions for the 2022 season in the comments down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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