Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said in an interview over the weekend that the rules on grid penalties might just be turning Formula One into an arms race. In point of fact, latest remarks from the Mercedes boss came against the backdrop of a chaotic Italian Grand Prix that had witnessed a number of awkward scenes with teams waiting for placing.
Besides, as many as nine drivers were hit with position penalties in Monza GP due to engine changes to their cars.
Wolff says we don’t want an arms conflict in Formula One
Apart from that, speaking in the interview with a press agency, Toto Wolff had unveiled that he has reasons to believe that the FIA must reconsider their penalty regulations following a chaotic Monza GP.
Scolding the current penalty regulations, Wolff added, “We need to reconsider [the system] when the engine cap kicks in. But still, we don't want to have an arms race on engines being brought because whatever freedom they give us, we will do it and we will do it even more strategically.
If [a penalty] is only five or 10 places, we will blow an engine every race because it is going to be three-tenths [of a second] quicker than the one before. So there needs to be a certain deterrent. 'On the chassis side, we are cost capped.
We weren't before. On the engine side, we are not cost-capped yet. If there are no grid penalties, we would have qualifying engines – not five but 20. The big teams would spend what they want in order to have an advantage and that is why there needs to be a certain factor that avoids that.
That is where it is coming from”. The Italian concluded saying, “It took that long because there are different interpretations and the regulation is not clear enough. That's something we need to address certainly for the future.
I think not only how we decide the grid position based on the penalties, but the amount of penalties we've got is too many as well. Maybe the three PUs per driver is too little for what we have achieved – maybe it needs to be reconsidered for the next seasons”.