Rosberg tips Mercedes to beat Ferrari in 2017

Published on 10 Aug 2017 11:14
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2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg thinks that his former team Mercedes holds the edge over Ferrari, and expects the German manufacturer to wrap up a fourth consecutive title later this year. Mercedes is locked in battle with Ferrari, who has risen to a championship challenge for the first time in a number of years.

Mercedes is 39 points ahead of the Italian marque in the standings, despite Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel leading the way in the driver standings by 14 points. After Ferrari started the season strongly, Rosberg doesn't see how they can keep up in the development race with Mercedes.

"Ferrari did a really great job over the winter," Rosberg told Sport Bild. "But from now on it is a development race. And I find it hard to believe that Ferrari can keep up. After Silverstone I already thought 'That's it now' and was surprised to see Ferrari fight back in Hungary. But Spa will once again be a real Mercedes track and Ferrari is unlikely to have a chance," he added.

Rosberg thinks that the strongest tool Ferrari has is Vettel: "We know that he does not control his emotions sometimes," Rosberg said. "Last year we already saw that on the radio in Mexico. But this thick skin in the consequences of such an action is also a strength of Sebastian's. In the short term and in the moment it may seem weak, but over a whole season that can actually make the difference. His basic character, in spite of everything else, is poised for victory, and that cannot hurt."

 

Fergal Walsh



Replies (7)
Posts: 61
He does not mention Hamilton, the man with flakey emotions who thinks he is there to please his "fans". My reckoning is that Hamilton will lose to Vettel and possibly to Bottas as well and that hopefully he will retire at the end of the season in a strop! We really have had enough of his spoilt child behaviour.
NL mclarenfan1968 10 Aug 2017 11:560
Posts: 945
Be careful, the BLM brigade is out in force to burn people at the stake for having frank views like that.
 
GB f1fan0101 10 Aug 2017 13:130
Posts: 1151
Seems that way, Merc are the favourites
 
US Rindtchamp 10 Aug 2017 15:110
Posts: 58
Pretty obvious Merc are favourites tbh, I'm not a Ferrari fan but I am sick of F1 becoming a Merc domination-fest over the past few years, I would have liked Ferrari (or anyone) to beat them.
 
US mcbhargav 10 Aug 2017 17:020
Posts: 189
Of course, they will. Bottas is doing better than Kimi on an average. But, i wouldn't be so sure on the Drivers championship side.
 
NL Patentprutser 11 Aug 2017 07:280
Posts: 172
Merc will be in front, because of Bottas.
Hope Hamilton will beat Vettel, I would like to experience Vettel's frustration once more...
SE calle.itw 13 Aug 2017 11:200
Posts: 2394
Really? I, personally would love to see Hamilton boil over. Looks like at least one of us will be happy no matter what the outcome is. ;)
 

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