Kaltenborn: It would be better if Ferrari dominated

Date published: December 12 2016 - Editor

Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn says a single team dominating Formula one is not good for the sport while also claiming it would be better if Ferrari were on top.

The 45-year-old said the blame shouldn’t fall on Mercedes after an incredibly one-sided campaign saw Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton dominate for Mercedes.

“Of course it would be better if several teams were to fight for the title,” she told German radio Deutschlandfunk.

“It was especially thanks to an excellent engine, but also a good aerodynamic package. But it’s not good if there is dominance. If Ferrari was dominating, I think that would not hurt the sport as much. Ferrari has so many fans and the number of spectators would still be high.”

With the engine rules remaining virtually unchanged the Sauber supremo worries that next year will be a repeat of this season.

“This (2017) is an opportunity for all the teams who have a certain development possibility to approach Mercedes. But it will probably take another two years for the manufacturers to get close to the Mercedes engine,” she said.

“I have expressed my doubts from the outset. The fact that the cars will be faster and be harder to drive will not be noticed by the spectator.”

“If the difference would be 10 or 15 seconds per lap, they would notice it, but not if it is five or six seconds. So I’m concerned about that.”