With the championship battle between F1’s high two groups having gone to the wire within the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, tensions between Purple Bull boss Christian Horner and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff erupted because the season neared its finish.
The extent of animosity between the pair spilled over at occasions to them getting concerned in clashes in FIA press conferences or within the media.
Whereas the pair did shake fingers throughout a ultimate assembly in Abu Dhabi, the controversy over the protection automotive restart within the finale, and the protests lodged by Mercedes after the race, highlighted that issues had been nonetheless not fully settled between the 2 squads.
Talking as he collected a prestigious Lorenzo Bandini Award in Italy on Tuesday evening, Domenicali mentioned F1 wanted to handle the difficulty subsequent 12 months and never let the fallout of this season fester.
As a substitute, he felt it vital that Mercedes and Purple Bull mended its relationship for the nice of the sequence.
Requested if he had any worries for F1 in 2022, Domenicali mentioned: “Those that dwell with certainties imply that they sleep nicely!
“However we have now many doubts and we have now to face them. Now we have points that can finally should be managed.
“We should consider day-by-day the connection that should be recovered between Purple Bull and Mercedes, to keep away from the non-public clashes that we have now seen that serve no profit.”
Purple Bull staff boss Christian Horner and Formulation 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali
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Mercedes stays upset concerning the FIA’s dealing with of the protection automotive restart in Abu Dhabi, which it believed was in breach of the foundations.
Whereas it has dropped plans for an attraction over the matter, it has vowed to hold the governing body to account in a commission that has been arrange to have a look at the occasions.
F1 house owners Liberty Media have remained silent thus far on the fallout of that controversy, because it prefers to go away issues like that for brand spanking new FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem to cope with.
Talking concerning the state of affairs, Domenicali mentioned: “Now we have already spoken with the president. We talked concerning the priorities he should face, and there are lots of.
“However, at this stage, it’s proper to stay silent in order to not create additional controversy in an space that was very overheated. However I wish to say that we come from a unprecedented season, adopted by greater than two billion folks.
“The final Abu Dhabi GP was essentially the most adopted sporting occasion in 2021. These are stratospheric numbers that we should be happy with.”
Domenicali reckoned, nonetheless, that Sulayem’s arrival on the FIA would result in a change of dynamic for the governing physique.
“With the change of presidency inside the FIA there can also be a change within the steadiness inside the FIA, which for us has a completely elementary function.”