Formulation 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says Pink Bull’s rivals might have missed alternatives to beat them in 2022 and he expects a better title battle subsequent yr.
After the 2021 championship battle went all the way down to the ultimate race of the season, this yr’s contest was determined a lot sooner. Max Verstappen clinched his second world championship within the Japanese Grand Prix, with 4 races to go.
F1 launched new technical laws for 2022 geared toward bettering the standard of racing and slicing the efficiency hole between groups. Domenicali stated F1 are “completely optimistic on the impression that the change of laws introduced this yr” regardless of the early conclusion to the championship battle.
Whereas Mercedes struggled from the start of the yr and have solely just lately turn out to be victory contenders as soon as extra, Ferrari began the yr with two wins in three races however noticed their early benefit steadily overturned by Pink Bull. Domenicali suspects Pink Bull’s rivals missed probabilities to beat them this yr.
“On this case Pink Bull, and Max Verstappen, did an unbelievable job,” he stated. “Perhaps it’s one other staff didn’t take the correct alternative.
“However what we noticed on the observe, the wheel-to-wheel racing, that’s what we needed. And I’m completely assured that subsequent yr the battle on the observe will arrive [until] the tip of the calendar.”
He stated there’s nonetheless quite a lot of curiosity within the final two races as a number of decrease positions in each the drivers and groups championships are but to be determined.
“The final races, on the sporting facet, there’s quite a lot of consideration,” he stated. “There’s a battle for locations that additionally for the staff’s perspective is said to their monetary place and the monetary reward in the event that they obtain a place higher than the opposite groups. So I feel that there can be quite a lot of curiosity in Brazil and Abu Dhabi too, no downside.”
The early conclusion to this yr’s championship gained’t have a destructive impact on the championship from a monetary viewpoint both, stated Domenicali. “We don’t see any type of threat in any respect.
“To start with, now we have the final two races we bought out tickets and the numbers are actually rising. The eye might be shifted, after all, on different fights from the sporting perspective. That’s a part of racing.”