British business magnate and former chief executive of the Formula One Group Bernie Ecclestone says that Scuderia Ferrari has designed a better car than Mercedes for the 2017 Formula 1 season. Since back in 2014, Mercedes has dominated the competition, comfortably winning three consecutive driver and constructor standings, but thinks have taken a positive spin this championship.
With the aerodynamic regulations shake up in 2017 the Maranello team has produced a car capable of challenging the Silver Arrows for the title. Currently, Scuderia Ferrari leads both driver and constructor tables after six rounds of the Formula 1 world championship: “Ferrari now has the better car and is making a very strong impression. They need to be careful at Mercedes.” – Former CEO of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone explained, as reported on Monday by Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport. Reffering to the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel‘s victory after his teammate Kimi Raikkonen started from pole position, Bernie Ecclestone added: “When Kimi Raikkonen led the race from Vettel, I immediately said to my guests ‘The two Ferraris won’t be in this order at the finish’. That much was clear.” – the 86-year-old former chief executive of Formula One said, implying that team orders led to the outcome of the Monaco Grand Prix.
A Scuderia Ferrari driver has not managed to win the Formula One world championship since 2007 when Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen secured his one and only F1 title. The team themselves hasn’t won the constructor’s trophy since 2008, beating McLaren and BMW Sauber for the top spot: “This year Ferrari can definitely go for it, they have a good chance of winning, but Mercedes will not go down without a fight. I’m sure everything will be decided in the second part of the season. For the public it is good that they can see a close battle between two of the best drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.” – Bernie Ecclestone concluded.