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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff warns of F1 "arms race" as engine penalty row rumbles on

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Toto Wolff declared Formula 1 engine penalty rules to be "too complicated" in the wake of farcical scenes at the Italian Grand Prix.

Almost half the drivers on the grid at Monza received penalties for new power unit components. Teams clearly identified the fast Italian track as an ideal place for overtaking, making grid drops potentially less costly that at other venues.

But the unfortunate side effect was a chaotic few hours after qualifying on Saturday, during which fans, journalists and even the teams and drivers themselves did not know in which position they would be starting the race the following day due to confusion over different types of penalty.

After a four-hour wait for the FIA to publish the official starting grid for the race, the debate began over whether the current system, under which teams are punished with grid penalties unless they adhere to specific limits to the number of engine parts that can be used in a season, is fit for purpose in the current era.

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