Mercedes F1 team principal continues to blast Liberty Media over changes



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Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff is worried about some of the most recent changes in Formula 1.

Recently, Mercedes and Ferrari have clashed with Liberty Media over reported plans for a budget cap and future engine rule changes. But it’s the new Halo driver cockpit safety device that has Mercedes boss Wolff the most appalled.

“Give me a chainsaw and I’d cut it off,” he said at the launch of Mercedes’ 2018 car. “It’s right to protect the drivers, but this cannot be the final solution. We need to come up with something that simply looks better, but it’s also a massive weight on the top of the car so it screws up the center of gravity.

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“We have to remember this is a Formula 1 car.”

Wolff also hit out at some of Liberty’s most recent decisions: the grid girls ban, and the delay of the start of some races for an hour and 10 minutes in an effort to increase TV ratings and give the show more time for a prerace buildup.

“The shift of an hour to 2 to 3 o’clock I think is good, but I cannot understand the 10 minutes at all,” he said. “I think that’s a mistake.”

As for the grid girl ban, Wolff said: “I don’t understand it at all. I always liked it, and I don’t think it was at all negative for women.”


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