Toto Wolff dismisses claims that Mercedes' dominance ruins F1 drama

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Regardless of whether you’re a long-time or recent Formula 1 fan, you’d have to put in some effort to recall a time when Mercedes weren’t dominating on the track.

Since F1’s turbo-hybrid era began in 2014, The Silver Arrows have scooped up every single Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship available.

As you’ll remember, the 2019 season was the same old story. Mercedes won 15 out of 21 races, which cemented them an unprecedented sixth double world title victory.

It’s no secret that F1 fans and pundits alike have been restless and concerned for a while now about Mercedes’ predictable dominance, and how it might threaten the future of the sport.

Mercedes AMG F1 boss Toto Wolff, however, has dismissed their claims that the supremacy of his side has deprived fans of drama, and has caused them to turn away from F1 altogether.

As per PlanetF1, Wolff said: "Mercedes winning a sixth championship, you can say, does this make people turn off? But the point is there was still variability and unpredictability.

"You wouldn’t know before the weekend if a Ferrari was on pole position or if a Red Bull was on pole position, whether Max Verstappen would win.


"The battle between the generations is something that is a great attraction: Sebastian Vettel against Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen against Lewis Hamilton. This is something that attracts the audiences."

Eager to convince the most sceptical of viewers that F1 still has enough excitement to retain its fans, Wolff then relied on current viewing statistics to give weight to his argument.

He continued: "For me, the best news is that we’re growing our audiences and fanbase with the younger generations. And I think, overall, we’re on a really good path.

"We’re looking back at the year 2019 with almost 2 billion viewers, 419 million unique viewers, almost 90 million viewers over a weekend and an average of more than 20 million live viewers for the Grand Prix.

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"These are huge numbers compared to any other sport out there. So, in terms of global attraction for the sport, it’s there."

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Wolff about the future of F1, one thing’s for certain: a three-way title battle between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull couldn’t hurt!

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