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Toto Wolff

Wolff downplays concerns over impact of Red Bull dominance

While some F1 fans might be worried by the prospect of Red Bull dominating the 2023 season, Toto Wolff believes that it is the "duty" of their rivals to catch up.

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Toto Wolff has downplayed concerns over the possible impact of Red Bull potentially dominating the 2023 F1 season.

The Milton Keynes-based squad looked out of the reach of their rivals in the opening races of the campaign, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez each leading a 1-2 result in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia respectively.

When asked if he fears that Formula 1's popularity could be affected by Red Bull being so far ahead, Wolff referenced Mercedes' period of dominance as he spoke of the "duty" of other teams to catch up.

Wolff: We all have to catch up

"I think we've had those years where we were as strong, but it's meritocracy, this sport," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"Even if it's not great for the show that the same guys win all the time, it's because they've done a good job and we haven't.

"We all hope for a good entertainment factor and it's our duty, with all we have, to catch up and fight these guys."

This is what makes F1 special, says Wolff

Wolff is keen not to be critical of a team becoming dominant, having experienced "noise" around this topic when Mercedes were the strongest squad in the sport.

"We shouldn't [criticise] it, because I remember hearing voices like that in 2014, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19, '20," Wolff explained.

"What makes the sport so special [is] that you need to work hard to win, and you deserve it.

"Of course, we will try to do everything in our powers to fight back, and we will look at areas of weaknesses that they may have.

"But entertainment follows sport, and that's maybe not good from the commercial side, but it is what makes Formula 1 so special."

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