Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that he expects to see an ‘earthquake’ in System 1 because of the brand new guidelines and rules coming ito impact in 2022.
The adjustments had initially been deliberate to the launched in 2021, however the disruption brought on by the coronavirus pandemic led to groups and the FIA agreeing on a one yr delay.
In consequence the forthcoming season will see solely minor adjustments, and groups are anticipated to run modified variations of final yr’s automobiles as they aim their improvement work on subsequent yr’s radical overhaul.
Even so, Wolff stated that the introduction of System 1’s spending cap this yr would current a problem to how the groups approached the 2021 season.
“For us it is going to be an attention-grabbing yr,” he instructed Autosport journal. “We face this formidable problem of barely tweaked 2021 rules and a giant earthquake of regulatory change for 2022.
“We might want to construction ourselves another way than we now have executed earlier than because of the price cap.”
Any main change within the sport has the potential to upset Mercedes outstanding run of seven consecutive world championships. However Wolff additionally sees it as a model new alternative for his crew.
“There are components working towards us that inspire us lots and components working for us,” he said.
“We consider we now have organisation,” he added. “General we embrace change and we’ve all the time executed so prior to now, so the organisation may be very a lot trying ahead to 2022.”
Wolff himself has dedicated to remaining at Mercedes for the subsequent three years and is one in every of three equal shareholders within the crew together with Daimler and INEOS.
Driver Valtteri Bottas has additionally signed a brand new one-year contract with the crew. However negotiations with reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton are nonetheless going, with hypothesis that Daimler is sad with the Briton’s pay calls for.
Wolff insisted that this did not imply that there have been rifts among the many shareholders, insisting that his relationship with Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius and the remainder of the board was “nearly as good as it may be”.
He identified that the time it took to hammer out his personal deal to remain at Brackley was proof for a way a lot time such negotiations took.
“Wanting into the longer term just isn’t all the time so simple as simply extending an employment contract,” he stated. “It’s about speaking concerning the relationship amongst shareholders sooner or later, and that’s one thing that takes time.
“It’s the traditional means of issues,” he insisted. “It doesn’t go from sooner or later to the opposite that you just discover a answer to each query round governance and future shareholding.”