Formula One’s 2022 season is fast-approaching kick off with teams heading out on track this week to get a taste of the competition this year.
With a widespread change to regulations, all 10 teams have been hard at work trying to make the most of their new machinery in line with the updated rules.
Fans are on the edge of their seats to see closer racing and tighter competition across the field, and it seems Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff is not discounting any team on the grid this year.
Wolff suggested a return of Ferrari to the front of the grid in 2022 – a fate that would please millions of Formula One fans, old and new.
“As a fan, I love Ferrari,” he said.
“They are the greatest name in Formula 1, and it cannot be that Ferrari is not competing for race victories and titles.
“Winning championships is something different, many things have come together to achieve that but I think for all of us fans of the sport, Ferrari needs to be in the mix.”
“We have missed them in the last few years,” added Wolff. “The passion of everyone at Ferrari and also for the Tifosi in Italy, it’s important to see that the car is competitive.
“So I hope there will be a few teams this year able to win races, fighting hard on track.”
New regulations alongside a new strict cost cap for each team could bring about an entirely new era of champions, and a first glimpse of the compeition will be seen on Wednesday in Barcelona.
“Personally, I’m not discounting any teams,” he said. “Everybody could be high up in the standings at the beginning of the season.
“You’ve seen in 2009 with the double diffuser, if a team has innovated and discovered other opportunities that could be game changers, everyone could be ahead of the game.”