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Wolff: Domination doesn't help the show

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24/06/2015

As Red Bull continues to complain about the current advantage enjoyed by Mercedes, and its customer teams, many are only too keen to point out that the Austrian team wasn't quite so vocal about performance differential during its own period of domination.

Likewise, Ferrari, which, though it has quietly got on with the job of improving its power unit over the last twelve months, made no secret of its unhappiness with 'the system' once its own 'reign' came to an end in the mid-2000s.

As his team heads towards a certain back-to-back Constructors' Championship, and its drivers remain the only realistic contenders for the drivers' title, Mercedes Toto Wolff cedes that periods of total domination are not good for F1.

"In terms of the spectacle, a team winning over a long period is definitely detrimental," he told City AM. "We have seen that with the six years at Ferrari in the early 2000s. We have seen that with Red Bull four years in a row. So it is the second year for us. It doesn't help the show, that's clear."

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1. Posted by scf1fan, 25/06/2015 11:48

"@Paul C . . . So you're saying that you believe that MB doesn't provide the latest spec engine to it's customers? Certainly that thought has crossed my mine as well, but I have yet to hear such a concern from the MB customers.

I sometimes think that suppliers to multiple teams need to be isolated for their own "company teams." (Or at least be required to provide a common product to all their customers.) This would insure that there wasn't some overt level of favoritism. (What a teams does with a component after they receive it would be their business.) "

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2. Posted by Paul C, 25/06/2015 6:17

"Domination is a drag. Toto needs to give his team power units to Williams for a race or two."

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3. Posted by VC10-1103, 24/06/2015 14:11

""And Mclaren era was sooo boring ..1988 Senna and Prost won 15 out of 16 GP.s ZZzzzz"

It would have been 16/16 if Senna hadn't got impatient at Monza"

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4. Posted by Martin B, 24/06/2015 13:24

"Mateschitz and his crowd should just shut up and get on with it otherwise get out. No, it's not the best thing for the "sport" but did they complain for 4 straight years? NO. Did Ferrari complain? Maybe just a little. Did Mercedes or McLaren complain? No! Williams? Of course not. Dear old Dietrich is so used to dominating (in his other businesses as well) and is clearly a very bad loser."

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5. Posted by ape, 24/06/2015 11:47

"And Mclaren era was sooo boring ..1988 Senna and Prost won 15 out of 16 GP.s ZZzzzz"

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