“We will not go quietly into the night!” – Mercedes F1 Technical Director James Allison has issued a challenge to his competitors looking to stop them win an eighth consecutive constructors championship.
Formula 1 is introducing a set of regulations from 2022 to level the playing field on the grid. The key one is the budget cap, for which an initial three-man panel was announced yesterday. The hope, naturally, is that it will help stop the unprecedented dominant run of the Mercedes F1 team.
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Mercedes F1 technical director James Allison believes the regulations are to ensure a team like Mercedes cannot exist in F1. He did add that the regulations “don’t have Mercedes written on them”, speaking to ESPN.
“They’re not — they don’t have Mercedes written on them — they have at their heart the idea that they don’t want a pyramid. They want a continuous churn of teams that are capable of winning one day and not winning the next, and for each weekend to be unpredictable.”
“But if you are in the position we are currently in, then it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like this is a set of rules that are designed to try to make sure a team like us can’t exist in the future.”
James Allison: Mercedes F1 will not go quietly into the night!
Allison was in quite a poetic mood, quoting Dylan Thomas in their ‘challenge’ against the impending regulations. He committed that the Mercedes F1 team will stop at nothing and look for more championships this decade.
“There is nothing more motivating for this group of people than to set to this new challenge and go, ‘We’ll show you! We’ll show you that we will not go quietly into the night!'”
“That’s the thrill for us now, to take this regulatory challenge and, as we have done with previous ones. To try to show what we are made of and that we are a team that just wants to try to do the best it possibly can. With luck, that best is good enough to be at the front.”