Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff sees the upcoming ban on qualifying modes as a challenge – and he believes that it will potentially give the team more performance in races.
The FIA wrote to the teams last week informing them of a plan to allow only one mode for qualifying and the race, with details set to be confirmed by a technical directive before the Belgian GP.
The change has been framed by the FIA as an attempt to help its technical staff a better chance of ensuring compliance with the regulations.
It has also been labelled as an attempt to rein in Mercedes, the manufacturer that has traditionally made the biggest performance gains when it matters in qualifying.
“I think the primary goal of the FIA was to implement the rule to better understand and better analyse what is going on with the engines,” said Wolff.