New tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions to put F1 back to square one, says Mercedes’ Wolff

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Mercedes head Toto Wolff has warned that F1’s new reg­u­la­tions for next sea­son may not close up the grid as hoped.

For next sea­son F1 cars will be­come wider, more pow­er­ful and boast more down­force, forc­ing each team to make rad­i­cal changes to its de­signs. The wide-rang­ing changes have been pressed through in an ef­fort to make F1 more dra­matic, with the added side ef­fect of po­ten­tially elim­i­nat­ing Mercedes’ cur­rent ad­van­tage un­der the ex­ist­ing rules.

How­ever, Wolff be­lieves it could harm com­pe­ti­tion, point­ing to Mercedes’ di­min­ished ad­van­tage this sea­son.

While the An­glo-ger­man team has won all but two races and taken ev­ery pole bar one this sea­son, it has taken four one-two fin­ishes this year com­pared to 12 in to­tal in 2015.

“In terms of our per­for­mances, it’s not as dom­i­nant a sea­son like it was last year, and for me it’s just a fact of di­min­ish­ing re­turns with sta­ble reg­u­la­tions,” said Wolff.

“It’s what we al­ways said – just leave the reg­u­la­tions alone, leave the rules alone, and the per­for­mance gap will shrink and even­tu­ally we are go­ing to have some good rac­ing. But then some­body else de­cided to in­vent some­thing new for next year and it’s back to square one.”

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