Mercedes enjoys an unchallenged monopoly over the podiums and the championships. Trailing almost 250 points ahead of Red Bull, they are en route to clinch their eighth Constructor’s championship. However, even they are worried if their supremacy is making F1 monotonous.
Lewis Hamilton stated a few weeks ago that F1 was getting boring again. If this is a fact, everyone on the board should be concerned about what to do to make the fast lanes exciting again.
Bernie Ecclestone, on his 90th birthday, revealed how he is also responsible for F1 turning out in this manner. In his interview with Sport 1, he recalled how he regrets the inclusion of hybrid engines in F1.
“Since hybrid engines have existed, Mercedes cannot be beaten. At that time I agreed to the engines, but after a short time I realized what a big mistake that was. I wanted to change it again, but fell on deaf ears.” recalled the former F1 boss.
It is not just Bernie who has accepted Mercedes supremacy in the world of F1. Almost all constructors have given up hope to catch up with Mercedes anytime soon. McLaren and Renault were already there. Recently, even Red Bull principal, Christian Horner agreed that the Silver Arrows have made the most complete car of the era.
The winning streak of Mercedes goes on and on, making every race far less interesting. Although the races since the Italian Grand Prix did offer a lot of drama, none could challenge the AMGs from crossing the checkered line before everyone.
As Lewis grabs his world record with the Silver Arrows, even he looks ahead to the 2022 regulations. His hopes – at least some form of competition injected back into the sport. Though Bernie did not wish to express his boredom, it came across in his words.
On being asked whether he enjoys the races, the Briton replied, “To be honest, no. It looked artificial, with no atmosphere. It’s just not very nice to drive in front of almost empty grandstands. Those who are always in front [Mercedes] were also this time.”
It is an injustice for blaming Mercedes in this entire case. They did what they came to do. The supremacy they enjoy, the lead they nourish in every race, is long fought for. Therefore, they cannot take the blame for striving harder than others. It is like chiding Verstappen for driving better than his teammates.