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Toto Wolff, with his team Mercedes, has dominated the turbo-hybrid era of Formula One from 2014 to 2021. The fortune of the team changed after the amazing duo of Toto and Lewis Hamilton joined in 2013. They went on to win eight constructor titles in a row and seven driver’s champions. But everything changed after Red Bull ace Max Verstappen snatched the change from Lewis Hamilton to win the 2021 driver’s championship. The Briton could’ve become the only eight-time champion driver, and Toto Wolff would win his eighth driver’s title. But Verstappen shattered those dreams into pieces and went on to establish himself as the most dominant driver on the grid.

Although Max Verstappen has never been more dominating than in the current season. He came to the 2023 F1 season from a record 15 race wins last season. Then he went on to win seven from nine Grands Prix so far. It is clear that in the future, the Dutchman will be counted among the all-time greats. However, there is going to be a new era starting in 2026, where the teams will have new power units and chassis framed inside the new technical directives. Moreover, new teams like Audi will enter, with Honda teaming with Aston Martin will join that year. Formula One is also planning for a sustainable future which is why they are introducing new rules and regulations every now and then. However, Max Verstappen has clearly shown is disagreement with the incoming rules and is looking to bring some changes to retain his title. However, rival boss Toto Wolff has made sure that nothing more will happen now.


Toto Wolff And Max Verstappen Has Contrasting Views On 2026 Rules

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The F1 teams are looking forward to building new power units from the 2026 F1 season. It will heavily rely on electrical power, and that is a real concern for both Christian Horner and Max Verstappen. The goal of F1 is a carbon-neutral season in 2030. But Horner recently mentioned that the 2026 regulations will lead to Frankenstein cars. Moreover, the electrical power will certainly increase weight by as much as 30 Kgs plus. Many teams in F1 already complain about the weight of the car being a crucial issue.

Max Verstappen also discussed the same with his team after getting the data from the simulators. He came to the conclusion that the 2026 rules look absolutely terrible. However, their rival boss, Toto Wolff, mentioned that Horner’s and Verstappen’s concerns will fall on deaf ears as any change in the 2026 rules is highly unlikely. He believes that it will be challenging for the chassis designers. But these compromises made Audi join the sport, and Honda stay in the game. Hence, it is, in other ways, the best thing that can happen to the F1 sport. The regulations are developed after the involvement of the auto manufacturers. 

Will The 2026 F1 TD Change?

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April 18, 2021, Imola, Roma, Italy: Start of the race: HAMILTON Lewis (gbr), Mercedes AMG F1 GP W12 E Performance, VERSTAPPEN Max (ned), Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B, PEREZ Sergio (mex), Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B, action during the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell Emilia Romagna 2021 from April 16 to 18, 2021 on the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, in Imola, Italy – Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI / LiveMedia (Credit Image: © Dppi/LPS via ZUMA Press)

There is no doubt that it is Verstappen’s time to rule the Formula One sport. But Toto Wolff, who once used to rule the game with his friend Lewis Hamilton is eager to get back his throne. Recently, the Mercedes boss gave a piece of devastating news to the Red Bull star Max Verstappen.

The current double-time champion has been vocal about the new regulations for 2026 in Formula One that looks terrible. He hopes it will change in 2026. But Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff replied that it hardly looks possible that the authorities will re-write the rules and regulations.