Cape Town - Toto Wolff has reiterated his call for teams to be allowed
to run a third car in order to blood young drivers, calling for the Strategy
Group to at least discuss his proposal.
Mercedes are in a bind at present as they are battling to
find places for their young drivers in Formula 1.
Esteban Ocon, who has been with Force India this season, is
set to lose his race seat to Lance Stroll while George Russell could yet win
the Formula 2 series and still not earn a promotion to F1.
Wolff's solution is for teams to run a third car that is
only for young drivers.
He is hoping F1's Strategy Group will discuss the proposal
when they meet later this week.
"I like the idea because the more cars we have in the
field, and the more opportunity we give to young exciting drivers to fight in a
competitive car against experienced drivers, it would create great
stories," said Wolff.
"But we've had quite some push back for the idea, for
reasons that I respect.
"That would mean there are three Mercedes and three
Ferraris and three Red Bulls, and I respect that, if I would be involved in a
smaller team, that would be an argument.
"Then the costs need to be looked at, whether it would
be commercially viable to run a third car and have young drivers in that.
"I would just really enjoy it, have a third Mercedes
and put Pascal in there or George or Esteban, and just see what they are able
"I think we're going to discuss it next Wednesday
again. I'm not the flavour of the month in F1 at the moment, so the ideas I
bring up somehow end up in the bin.
"Better I'm not saying anything then someone else
brings it up as the next great idea."
The Mercedes boss believes there are ways to ran a third car
without it having an impact on the smaller teams in the Constructors'
He added: "We've looked at various scenarios, you could
even let them participate in the sessions and qualifying, but let them do their
own race, if teams feel that meddling in the championship is not right, or
don't make them score constructor points, just driver points.
"So there would be many fantastic and exciting ways to
integrate them on the grid, but you have to respect that if some teams are not
up for it, then it's difficult to implement it."