Dash race, Italian GP, Daniel Ricciardo, Toto Wolff, Mercedes, McLaren, response

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has poured chilly water on the F1’s dash race format, claiming it discourages drivers from taking any dangers.

F1 is trialling dash races at three Grands Prix in 2021, with Monza the most recent to function the innovation.

The brand-new format was first unleashed at Silverstone and the response was divided, with some claiming it was a “waste of time” whereas others branded it “thrilling”.

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Wolff is the most recent to criticise the format, calling it “complicated” and including there’s not sufficient of an incentive for drivers to threat something that might injury their grand prix.

“Everyone’s confused,” Wolff mentioned, per motorsport.com.

“I don’t know the way it’s with you, I don’t even know what session is when.

“I consider the dash race format because it stands for the time being, doesn’t give plenty of profit as a result of no person will take a critical threat.

“There’s too little factors at stake and the chance of compromising your Sunday grand prix, with factors all the best way again to tenth place, is simply not definitely worth the threat.

“So, what we’ve seen is a mix of normal difficulties in overtaking as a result of the straight-line speeds are very comparable, but in addition as a result of, even Flip 1 and a couple of, no person takes a threat.”

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It’s price noting Mercedes’ principal man Lewis Hamilton had a troublesome weekend in Monza, solely coming fifth within the Dash Race earlier than he was taken out in the primary race by Max Verstappen whereas operating behind Daniel Ricciardo and Norris.

Ricciardo’s efficiency on the weekend although proved that not all drivers are shying away from taking dangers within the dash.

Ricciardo, who broke a three-year victory drought at Monza, overtook Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton on the very begin of the dash.

He was bumped by Pierre Gasly however there was no injury to Ricciardo’s automobile, with McLaren’s gamble on tender compound tyres paying off.

“It was good to achieve a few positions, after which we settled right into a rhythm,” Ricciardo mentioned on the time.

“We had begin, that was vital, however I knew we might.”

Wolff added that the dash races have been “price a strive” however was unsure whether or not they have been price holding.

F1 boss Ross Brawn is listening to the criticism, telling media drivers had echoed comparable issues in regards to the want for a higher reward from the dash.

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“We had a session with the drivers after Silverstone,” Brawn mentioned within the lead-up to the Italian grand prix.

“And I have to say they’re very constructive.

“But it surely’s true, a few of them felt there needs to be extra reward for the dash. And there needs to be extra jeopardy within the dash.

“If we’re doing that then perhaps a stand-alone occasion is consideration. I feel qualifying on a Friday, race on a Sunday, with a stand-alone occasion with some respectable reward [in between] – however perhaps a little bit little bit of jeopardy within the grid of the way you begin it.

“However we’ve all the time bought to be acutely aware, we don’t need gimmicks, we don’t need a synthetic [show], we don’t need to cannibalise [the grand prix], we don’t need to have an effect on the integrity.

“It’s a tough stability. However there’s positively potential there.”

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