Ex-F1 driver Felipe Massa says that he expects Lewis Hamilton’s dominance with Mercedes to continue, but nobody likes such dominance.
The Silver Arrows have now won the last six Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships on offer, while Hamilton has collected five of those six Drivers’ titles since 2014.
Heading into the 2020 season much was made of Ferrari and Red Bull’s ability to challenge that streak, and Massa believes that Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will both be World Champion in the future.
But, as far as this year is concerned, Massa can’t see Hamilton or Mercedes slipping up.
“From what I’ve seen so far, it seems that Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton are the fastest,”he told Gazzetta dello Sport in an Instagram Live interview.
“I don’t think that fewer races is going to change that, because the factories of the teams are closed.
“I think Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen can become future world champions. But that means they have to win in these times where the difference between teams is greater than the influence of the driver.
“The cars in these times are great, but nobody likes it when one team dominates.”
Hamilton’s former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg suggested that his replacement Valtteri Bottas and Leclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel should not be ruled out of the title fight.
“I have very high hopes it is going to be incredibly exciting, last year we saw different winners,” he said.
“We saw Red Bull win, Ferrari win, I really believe there is a big possibility that continues into this season.
“If they step it up then that would be so awesome if the three teams went head-to-head. That would give us a spectacular Formula 1 season and that is all I wish for.
“This could be the year of the handover but it depends on the car, the challenge Verstappen, Leclerc, I wouldn’t count Valtteri Bottas out either, Sebastian Vettel will be in there.
“There are many drivers who if they have the right car they could be world champions and the handover could certainly happen from one generation to the next.”