Bernie Ecclestone has defended four time world champion Sebastian Vettel after a disappointing 2016 season for the German.
Vettel failed to win a race this year in an unconvincing Ferrari, drawing criticism from many.
"It's not his fault that he's not winning," the F1 supremo told Sport Bild. "It's about the car and the team."
"Ferrari has fallen back into the time before Schumacher and Todt," he explained. "There are too many Italians working there.
"Nothing against Italy, but running a team successfully is not in their DNA. Ferrari needs fresh blood," Ecclestone said. "But I'm sure Sebastian is doing everything he can to succeed."
Ecclestone also believes that Vettel will not give up on Ferrari and will stay there until he enjoys some success.
"Sebastian's mission is called Ferrari, because I know that he wants to succeed there first," said Ecclestone.
He had some interesting comments regarding next season when asked if he thinks Mercedes' dominance will be challenged.
"I don't think so," Ecclestone said. "Their engine will still be the best, giving them a huge advantage.
"Equalising the situation can only be done with new engine regulations, so we need to do that as soon as possible."