Toto Wolff Admits 2021 F1 Title Fight Causing Mercedes Major Resource Allocation Problem

Published 05/18/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


With a budget cap already in place and new regulations coming in next year, allocating resources has become an even trickier task in the world of F1. As such, many teams have decided to focus on the next year instead, but that decision is not so easy to make when you’re the frontrunner in the ongoing season’s title fight. And that is the problem Toto Wolff is facing at the moment.

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The Silver Arrows have been in exceptional form since the season kicked off, making it to the podium every time. Mercedes hope they can extract the most out of the car to get the results they want for the title. Monaco is the next race on the Formula One calendar, and the Brackley-based squad hopes to put on a stellar performance that sees them lead the championship.

Wolff admits to the challenges Mercedes might face for this year’s title

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A team like Mercedes cannot choose to let go of the current season like teams like Haas have. The Silver Arrows are engaged in a fierce championship battle with Red Bull, and thus, they need to give this season every bit of attention it demands.

However, they also need to secure their long-term future in the sport. Therefore, they cannot choose to forget about the regulations coming in next year entirely.

As quoted by GP Fans, Toto said, “Always a concern because getting the balance right between the current year and next year is a tricky situation every year.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIa: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff on stage for the F1 Live event during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“But this time around it is particularly difficult because there is such a big regulation change for next year. It’s a constant dialogue inside of the team as to how much resource is switched over and when,” Wolff concluded.

Can the Silver Arrows achieve their eighth title this season?

The Brackley-based squad are the reigning champions and will look to add another title to their cabinet. The Silver Arrows lead the championship with 141 points and are being chased by rivals, Red Bull.

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Mercedes have been performing brilliantly ever since the season began and have been on all the podiums to date. They hope to continue this performance and will aim to be an eighth-time consecutive constructor’s champions.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff applauds FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The team have two world-class drivers in the form of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, with such an amazing line up they remain optimistic for the season ahead.

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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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