American executive and chief executive of the Formula One Group Chase Carey admitted that he has no favourite in the fight for the Formula One world title, but added that he does hope the battle between Mercedes and Scuderia Ferrari goes down to the very end.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel rank very differently among the fans in terms of popularity, because of their contrasting personalities and public persona. The Mercedes driver is seen not only as an Formula One prodigy but also as glitzy jet-setter and fashionista, with widely followed social media accounts, while on the other hand Sebastian Vettel enjoys a very discrete life away from the race track.
“There is no mould from which a hero is cast. We need different personalities and Sebastian Vettel is one of the great protagonists of our sport, even if he is different from Lewis.” – Chase Carey said, as reported on Monday by German automobile magazine based in Hamburg Auto Bild.
Asked to comment on who he was really cheering for to win the Formula One 2017 world title, Chase Carey did not want to give anything away, especially given his status as chief executive of the Formula One Group: “You mean the German driver with the Italian car or the Briton in the German car?” – he answered mischievously – “I am always asked and I always say I just want a good race.”
Indeed, the man who filled the shoes of Bernie Ecclestone at the helm of Grand Prix racing is just happy the races have been more exciting in the first half of 2017: “My only wish is that the 2017 Formula One championship remains open until Abu Dhabi.” – F1 chairman Chase Carey concluded, as reported by the German media.