Toto Wolff Shows Reservations About Changes

Toto Wolff, Mercedes’s chief investor has urged Formula one not to become a “beta test”. Are these the first signs of Mercedes feeling the pressure?

Change is rarely something that is accepted without struggle. But when you’re the top-ranking team in F1 for several years running, change could spell a death knell to your continued legacy.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton jumps from his car after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s British driver Lewis Hamilton jumps from his car after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

In recent comments regarding the state of the sport, Mercedes’ Toto Wolff has made comments regarding the detriment of adopting big changes too quickly.

“We shouldn’t mess with our loyal fans and our audiences by implementing rules and regulations that we haven’t assessed properly. I think we need to acknowledge that Formula 1 is a technical sport, so it will always polarize. There are people who will say that they hate it and others will say that they love it. That is okay.

But one thing is for sure – we shouldn’t make it a beta test.” – Toto Wolff

Wolff does raise some valid points – any sort of brashly-implemented change could damage the sport instead of elevate it. That being said, we might have to do a little bit of reading in-between the lines when statements like these come from the mouthpiece of the longstanding domineering team in the sport.

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Source: @FormulaOneWorld/Twitter

No one is going to like getting knocked down from the top. I get that. But no one also likes watching the same results year after year in an allegedly “dynamic” Motorsport.

But the one portion that irks me more than the rest is the “beta-test” comment Wolff made.

Bruh. It’s Formula One. The entire basis of the Motorsport is that it’s the pinnacle of racing technology. If there’s one sport that could fit into the realm of “hey yo lets strap this shit to the car and see how it does” it’s F1.

Time will tell whether the changes implemented are for the best, but change is the only constant of any sport.

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