Williams Boss Criticizes Toto Wolff’s Latest F1 Proposal

Published 09/22/2021, 2:58 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Formula 1 has entered a phase of change. A new car, new regulations, and even a fresh fanbase. Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, got caught up with the flow of change in F1 and came up with a change of his own.

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After Alex Albon got the Williams seat Wolff hoped his driver de Vries would get, an idea popped into the Austrian’s head. Toto Wolff proposed the idea of having three cars per team. While the foundations of the idea are fair, is it the way to tackle the problem?

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

Williams team principal doesn’t think so. Jost Capito commented, “We could use a third car and place a binding rookie in there. All of a sudden you have a starting grid with 30 vehicles.”

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Capito too understands the situation but highlights the impracticality of the idea. “You can’t increase to 30 cars now, that works relatively poorly. Increasing a team from two to three cars is also incredibly difficult, that’s 50 percent more. I don’t know how it goes with 22 or 23 races a year could be done.”

In a sport where the talent is readily available but the seats are limited, it can be difficult to recruit new faces. However, as it seems, the fight for a seat in the big league remains an uphill battle.

Toto Wolff has the right idea for F1 market

The Mercedes team principal’s comments on the F1 driver market aren’t far from the truth. Looking at drivers such as Nyck de Vries, Callum Ilott, and even Robert Schwartzman; the driver academies produce excellent drivers who eventually have nowhere to go.

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While talents like Albon receive their recognition, drivers often spend time as reserve drivers and are forced to look into other series. Nyck de Vries, for example, is a Formula 2 and Formula E champion and is highly unlikely to get the remaining Alfa Romeo seat. The ‘Ferrari’ seat, which is still unconfirmed, has other Ferrari drivers vying for it.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 General view at the start of the race REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Callum Ilott is a fan favorite and has immense potential as an F1 driver; but as the driver market closes, will Alfa Romeo remove an improving Giovinazzi from his seat?

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The blessing and curse of F1 are its 20 seats. The best in the world come together to compete on the track, yet with an increasing awareness of the sport paired with the passion of young drivers, the ‘best’ has increased. While three cars seem like an extreme solution, the quest for new talent shouldn’t stop.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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