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Since the introduction of the new V6 turbo hybrids at the start of 2014, Mercedes has won 22 of the 26 races. A Mercedes powered car has been on pole in every race dating back to 2014. This dominance has led to many within the sport calling for rule changes to allow the chasing pack to catch up.
Chief protagonist Red Bull’s Christian Horner has gone on record stating that Mercedes’ continued dominance is bad for the sport and if it were to continue, manufacturers such as Renault and Honda may consider quitting the sport. Horner has called for rule reforms, in particular to allow in-season engine development beyond the February 28th homologation deadline.
However he fears that Mercedes would not be willing to accept such a scenario stating, “they don’t have to obviously, but the situation is we are at a precarious point in terms of Renault’s commitment to the future.“
“If you are effectively shutting that down in February, you are almost waving goodbye to them.
“So [Mercedes] need to have a bit of a grown-up think about it. And the FIA as well to say what is in the best interests of F1.”
This claim came following what many has called a drab Canadian Grand Prix, in which the Silver Arrow pairing of Hamilton and Rosberg cruised to the team’s 4th one-two finish of the season and 5th win overall. In addition the 3rd place finisher Valteri Bottas was also a Mercedes powered car although some 40 seconds behind.
Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has gone on to dismiss suggestion that Mercedes’ continued dominance is making Formula 1 boring and if Sunday’s win was a good day for the team and a bad day for F1, he stated that the team’s focus is to win “every bloody race” rather than the overall spectacle.
“Guys, I’m not here in charge of your politics. I can only run, with Toto [Wolff] together, the team in the best possible professional way. Win every bloody race, that’s what I’m here for and the rest I don’t know.”
When quizzed further with regards to changes within the sport and whether it is Mercedes’ duty to take the lead given its current state, Lauda replied:
“We do take a lead for the sport, we win the races for you. Look at the Canadians – 12% more people here for this so-called boring sport, you are trying to tell me, with no noise. Only Canadians are crazy here. I just said to Austrian TV ‘you crazy Austrians, think like the Canadians and all come to Spielberg!‘”
Horner and those who are berating Mercedes for their current success, should remember that Formula one is a cyclical sport. Just as Red Bull had four years on top and Ferrari enjoyed the Schumacher years so too will Mercedes’ dominance eventually fall.
The only question that remains is if Mercedes’ dominance will falter before fans lose all interest in Formula 1.