F1 rules must be tightened for 2022 season says Nico Rosberg after controversies of 2021

Sky F1’s Nico Rosberg says the debate and confusion over what is and isn’t allowed in wheel-to-wheel combat needs to be made clearer for next season

Last updated: 24/12/21 8:41


Nico Rosberg believes F1 sporting regulations need to be tightened after the 2021 season’s on-track controversies.

While the world title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton ended on a highly controversial note about Safety Car procedures, there were also debates throughout the year about what constituted fair racing and how drivers could act. in wheel-to-wheel battles.

Rosberg, the 2016 world champion turned Sky Sports F1 expert, believes newly elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and his team have “an opportunity” to make changes.

“Sport needs to make progress,” Rosberg said Sky Sports News.

“It also starts with all the overtaking, the action wheel by wheel.

“The FIA ​​has to strengthen everything so that they don’t have all these discussions.

2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg says the FIA ​​needs to tighten the rules of the sport and reflects on the controversial end of this year's title fight.

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2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg says the FIA ​​needs to tighten the rules of the sport and reflects on the controversial end of this year’s title fight.

2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg says the FIA ​​needs to tighten the rules of the sport and reflects on the controversial end of this year’s title fight.

“It would be better for the sport if it were much easier to understand. Even in wheel-to-wheel racing; who is right and who is wrong, what needs to be done. A quick decision is made and we move on.

“We have to get rid of all these discussions, it’s important.”

In one of his latest acts last week, outgoing president Jean Todt pledged the FIA ​​to conduct a comprehensive analysis of what happened in Abu Dhabi and, together with teams and drivers, to draw lessons that could be learned. for change from 2022.

Mercedes, hugely angered by the sequence of events that resulted in the world title being ripped from Hamilton’s grip on the final lap, said it will keep the FIA ​​”on fire” to ensure changes are made for the sake of the sport.

“The reason I am optimistic is that most stakeholders in the sport will share my frustration with the decisions that have been made throughout the year,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

“Anyone who is a pilot, you guys, us, knows what happened.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton are disillusioned and the driver will never get over what happened on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton are disillusioned and the driver will never get over what happened on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton are disillusioned and the driver will never get over what happened on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.

“So, however, I have confidence because we will all be pulling the same rope in the same direction.

“The teams and I have had feedback from the teams and riders. I have had reassurance from [FIA secretary general of Motor Sport] Peter Bayer and Stefano [Domenicali, F1 president] that in the coming weeks and months we will fill the gaps that have opened up more and more in recent years “.

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