Mercedes F1 Dominance Worse Than Ferrari and Red Bull: Ecclestone

Published 03/22/2021, 7:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Mercedes has been dominant in Formula One since the hybrid era. Bernie Ecclestone does praise the Silver Arrows for their hard work and believes the team can’t be blamed for their success. However, he wants to go to an era where Ferrari and Red Bull were ruling the grid.

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While he applauds the Brackley-based team for their hard work and doesn’t think it is their fault for being so successful, he feels that races has become more predictable, which, in turn, has made the sport a bit bland. Thus, Ecclestone feels that with the new regulations coming in, the grid may be more competitive.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Ecclestone doesn’t want to point fingers at Mercedes for their rule on the grid

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In an interview with SportF1, he said, “I spoke to Toto. He knows my thoughts and feelings. I hope that I won’t say anything bad about Mercedes. You did a fantastic job for Formula 1. But I would like to see it go back to the old days. When Ferrari or Red Bull dominated.”

Ecclestone added, “It wasn’t that bad. If you go to a race now, you know that whoever on pole will probably win the race. That is the bad news right now. Mercedes is so dominant. That’s not their fault.”

IMOLA, ITALY: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“They have done an incredible job. But I think regulations will be changed. You can’t change the core of Formula 1, but you have to make it easier for others to be competitive,” he concluded. (translated via Google)

Will the rest of the grid keep up with Silver Arrows in 2021?

It was quite a shock to see Mercedes struggle in pre-season testing, but many suspect they were ‘sandbagging.’ The Brackley-based team will eye their eighth constructor’s title in the upcoming season of F1.

Red Bull did put up a good fight against the Silver Arrows as they finished 2nd in the championship, but couldn’t keep up with them, as Mercedes took home the title in 2020. However, Ferrari on the other struggled last season. The Maranello-based team only scored 131 points and finished 6th in the table, but look for redemption in the new year.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

But this year, both Ferrari and Red Bull have improved their challengers. While the red team have brought updates to their power unit, the Austrians have attempted to upgrade certain parts of their car. And unlike Mercedes, both of these teams have performed well in the preseason testing.

Can the Milton-Keynes-based outfit or the Italian team stop the Mercedes team from ruling the track once again, or will they fail to end their dominance? What are your expectations for the Brackley-based group in 2021? Lets us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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