Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff recently admitted that he still thinks about Lewis Hamilton’s loss at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Wolff, however, claimed that he is pleased with the leadership of new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem. All that Mercedes have asked of since the season finale last year is transparency, which the team finally seems to have received from the Emirati.
Speaking to Motorsport, Wolff said:
At last year’s season finale in Abu Dhabi, former race director Michael Masi decided to allow only the five cars between the two frontrunners to unlap themselves after a safety car. This allowed Max Verstappen to gain an advantage and go on to win his maiden title, despite Lewis Hamilton’s comfortable lead in the race thus far. While Mercedes protested the final classification, these protests were not upheld. Within a few days of the season finale, Jean Todt stepped down from his role as FIA president and Sulayem took over.
After dominating F1 for eight consecutive seasons, Mercedes had a rough start to 2022 with the introduction of the new regulations. While the team is still chasing their first race win, their consecutive podiums over the last few races are a testament to the progress that the Silver Arrows have made since the season opener in Bahrain.
From struggling with porpoising and missing out on points, Mercedes now often find themselves back on the podium. As reported by Autosport, Toto Wolff admits that this large range of ups-and-downs has been quite the emotional ride for all members of the team. He said:
Mercedes currently stand third in the constructors’ standings and are quickly closing the points gap to Ferrari, with a mere 30 points separating the two.
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