Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes the team could end its decade-long wait for a Formula 1 title this year as Mercedes are less competitive this season.
Sebastian Vettel took a one-point lead in the drivers’ championship over Lewis Hamilton in Canada. Ferrari remains 17 points behind Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.
“He’s strong, the car is good. Mercedes until now doesn’t seem to be so competitive. So there are a lot of chances. Maybe this could be the good year.”
Montezemolo wants to see Vettel succeed Michael Schumacher as Ferrari’s next multiple champion.
“Michael has won many championships with us. Seb, unfortunately, no. I hope he will soon start a new era winning in a row championships like Michael.
“I think Seb is a very good driver. Michael always [had] a very good opinion of him. I hope that he can follow Michael [but] to achieve the same results of Michael is not so easy even if he is young, strong, a good driver”
“When I hired Sebastian – because I was the guy who just a few weeks before leaving the team signed the deal with Vettel – Michael was for sure pleased,” di Montezemolo added. “He told me since a few years before that Vettel in his opinion was a good driver for Ferrari.”
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