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New F1 regulations ‘what doctor ordered’ says Mercedes boss

21 March 2017

Mercedes’ F1 chief Toto Wolff has said he is pleased about the new regulations in Formula One as it will challenge the team.

Wolff said the changes in regulations, which sees the cars bodywork and tyres wider in order to boost downforce and grip, making the cars both faster and physically harder to drive, was ‘just what the doctor ordered.’

He said: “We have tackled with determination the challenge of the new regulations. We have been very successful over the last three years through stable rules – but no team has ever maintained its success over such a big regulation change before. To have such a challenge is good for the team.

“It’s the dawn of a new era – in more ways than one. This is the first time that Formula One has changed the rules to make the cars faster. We have new management looking at how we take the sport forward. And, in our team, we have seen some significant changes of personnel over the winter.”

Wolff is positive about new team mates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, following Nico Rosberg’s retirement last year.

He said: ““Lewis and Valtteri are in a great place. They have a respectful and friendly relationship from what we’ve seen in our team briefings so far. It’s an exciting time for them because these new cars are a real physical challenge. Both felt from testing that the G-Forces are enormous and they are embracing the new challenge of F1 2017.”

Wolff however, will not rest of his laurels with margins at the front of the field shrinking and the uncertainty of fuel loads, weights and power settings of rival cars. He concludes: “As the old saying goes, it is when the flag drops that the bullshit really stops.”

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