Mercedes’ Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff will consider letting drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg run their own races in 2016 if the team’s dominance continues into the new season.
Following the introduction of the new V6 turbo power units at the beginning of the 2014 season, Mercedes has enjoyed one of the most dominant spells of form witnessed in the history of F1.
The German marque claimed back-to-back constructors’ championships with record scores in 2014 and 2015, while Hamilton won the drivers’ title in both years ahead of Rosberg.
As impressive as Mercedes’ dominance has been, many claim that it has caused fans to switch off due to the lack of competition and predictability at the front of the field.
Speaking to British newspaper the Daily Mail, Wolff acknowledged that Mercedes’ success in F1 had caused it to become less popular.
“Our dominance is bad for Formula 1,” Wolff conceded. “It is. It makes the racing boring. It becomes predictable how the result is going to be.
“The sport needs multiple winners. It needs the odd freak result. It needs the underdog to win. The moment you become a dominant force, you suffer and your brand suffers. You become the dark side of the force.
“Our dominance is bad for Formula 1 and it’s bad for us, but what can I do? The only thing you can do yourself is stay humble, keep both feet on the ground, acknowledge that these are special circumstances and it might be different in the future and try to enjoy the moment.”
Mercedes has traditionally enforced strategic parity between Hamilton and Rosberg to prevent either driver from gaining an unfair advantage, refusing requests for changes mid-race on a number of occasions in 2015.
However, Wolff said that he is considering allowing Hamilton and Rosberg to run their own races in a bid to aid the on-track spectacle, relying that it did not impact on Mercedes’ final results and cost the team points.
“We are living in a world where people don’t want anybody to do well,” Wolff said. “It seems that we are feeling happier with the misery of others.
“That’s wrong. If you are happy with the misery of others, it is going to make you miserable, too. That comes back like a boomerang.
“This is still a competitive environment but I’d rather be inspired by somebody who does well. I would rather look up to him than envy him. Even my biggest enemy has a best friend.
“So I want the dominance to continue but if it were to continue like this, I need to think what to do so we do not become the enemy and how we can help the show.
“Maybe it’s about unleashing the two of them completely. Make them have their own strategy cars. That would be a solution.”