At Mercedes, they say that Formula One and owe the spectators that their racers (at least seemingly) get very close to the finish line, as the season is not supposed to become boring.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crossed the finish line at the Spanish Grand Prix with a 48-second lead over third-placed Daniel Ricciard. Such a big difference can only mean that it will be difficult for the competitors to reduce the gap, and after four consecutive victories of the Silver Arrows, the ratings of the races are already falling sharply, which makes Mercedes afraid of public pressure.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is aware of the basis for criticism from spectators, so he claims his racers have their hands completely open when it comes to a showdown between them.
“We think more broadly,” Wolff explained. “Formula one is boring whenever one team dominates. I myself am very supportive of such a dominance of our team. Red Bull used to dominate and last year the season was boring as they won nine races. But if we look at the last race in Spain, it was possible to see some beautiful duels between Ferraris, and at the same time Sebastian Vettel broke through from the background.
We need to be aware that with such a fast car, we need to leave our riders hands free. We owe this to the spectators, the sport and the Mercedes brand itself. This is our philosophy from the very beginning and with all the risks that arise when racers can fight each other, ”claims Wolff.
Despite or due to the dominance between the broadcasts, we see less German teams and their racers than in previous seasons, which is allegedly the fault of the directors, who deliberately ignore the Mercedes matches and focus more on other race cars. "It simply came to our notice then. In Bahrain, we were less exposed on TV screens than in previous races, so the question arises as to what to do. Should we intentionally reduce the backlog? No, that's not the way to go, ”Wolff added.
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