Pascal Wehrlein hopes Formula 1 will move away from “really predictable” races in the future and mimic the small margins present in other racing series.
Wehrlein, who currently drives for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series, spoke exclusively to Green Flag F1 about the issue just before the British Grand Prix.
“Everything is really predictable [in F1], from qualifying to the race,” the former F1 driver said on the sport’s current situation, pointing out how the F1 field is usually spread out by about three seconds.
“It would really be nice to have a gap of half-a-second [in F1] because then in some special conditions or circumstances there can be big changes in the field,” he said.
Wehrlein drove in Formula 1 during the 2016 and 2017 seasons with respective backmarker teams Manor and Sauber.
During his time in the sport, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, which he described as “the three top teams”, were the only constructors that won a Grand Prix.
In DTM this season, five different teams have emerged victorious in the first eight races alone.
When asked what he liked about DTM over Formula 1, Wehrlein explained that “everyone can win the races” in the German series.
He “really likes” DTM because it’s “so competitive”, adding that in the German series, “you can fight a bit closer.”
In the last DTM round at the Norisring, the first qualifying of the weekend saw the 18-car field spread over just 0.601s whilst pole position was decided by a mere thousandth (0.001s) of a second.
There’s a “big gap” between the team’s in Formula 1, Wehrlein acknowledged, adding that Sauber and Manor “were alone in the back” when he was driving.
This is expected to change for the 2021 season when Liberty Media introduce new regulations to Formula 1.
Back in April, Force India’s Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer told Motorsport.com the new regulations should end the so-called two-tier racing.
The German driver is still a reserve driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team after losing his Formula 1 seat at the end of the 2017 season.
His return to DTM this season is not completely new, as he previously won the German series back in 2015, before moving into Formula 1.
When asked if he preferred Formula 1 or DTM, Wehrlein said there are “positives and negatives in both”, noting that F1 produces the best emotions in the world.
“I’m trying to get back [to F1],” he said, adding that it is his priority.