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Toto Wolff

Wolff urges F1 rule rethink: 'We want predictability'

The Mercedes team boss wants Formula 1 to look at the wet weather rules to ensure fans are not confused when watching on TV.

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff believes there needs to be more "predictability" for wet weather races in Formula 1.

The Belgian Grand Prix was hit with numerous stoppages throughout the weekend, as rain hit the circuit in intervals which made it difficult to safely run at racing speeds.

On the Saturday prior to the Sprint race, there was a lengthy delay to the start of the race when intense rain poured despite it being sunny hours prior.

F1 rules require there to be at least three hours between qualifying and sprint race to prepare the cars for the different sessions, hence the reason why they did not start earlier in anticipation for the conditions.

When asked about the wet weather rules, Wolff told media, including RacingNews365: "I think we want to have some predictability and when the race starts, people switch on the TV and it's where you expect the show to start.

"Sometimes there are delays and lap one stops, so for me that's okay. I wouldn't massively change that."

Wolff: Pirelli needs to assess Wet tyre performance

Pirelli agreed with the assessment from George Russell that the wet tyres are now 'pointless' and only good enough for running behind the Safety Car, with the F1 tyre-maker will explore the use of a 'Super Intermediate' in the future to solve F1's wet weather running problems.

"That is something that the teams, together with Pirelli, really need to assess why the wet tyre isn't up to the performance that we expect and the Intermediate generally performs better," Wolff added.

"But I'm sure that Pirelli is going to dig in and try to optimise the tyre."

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