Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has conceded that Ferrari and Red Bull will be more competitive this year, compared to other seasons in Formula 1 and that they have closed the gap on Mercedes.
Mercedes have been the dominating team in the past three seasons of F1, easily winning the Constructors Championship. Their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg also sealed the Drivers Championship in the previous three seasons. But pre-season testing in 2017 has indicated that their period of dominance might finally come to an end and Ferrari and Red Bull might give them a run for their money.
Wolff, the Mercedes team chief stated, “What we’ve seen from Barcelona is that the margins at the front of the field have shrunk. We’ll see how that pans out in Melbourne, because we still don’t know about the fuel loads, weights or power settings of the other cars. As the old saying goes, it is when the flag drops that the bull**** really stops. There is an art to managing expectations. You must not set them too low – but you must also keep them under control. With new regulations, everyone starts with zero points. It provides opportunities as well as risks for every team on the grid. You only need to look back to 2009 to see how unpredictable Formula 1 can be, with Brawn winning the Championship after being on the brink of extinction. We enter 2017 with that mindset. We take every one of our rivals seriously and respect every team’s ability to find that magic bullet. They are all full of very clever people – the best in the world in their fields.”
Hopefully, the upcoming season of Formula 1 can be more competitive than the past few years, when it kicks underway in Melbourne, Australia on 26th March.