Sport Nico Rosberg gives worrying assessment about Ferrari's ongoing team battle with Mercedes

17:40  12 august  2017
17:40  12 august  2017 Source:   International Business Times

Ferrari looking to Sauber for junior team

  Ferrari looking to Sauber for junior team Sauber could be become a Ferrari junior team following confirmation they will continue to use Ferrari engines next season. Earlier this season, former Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn confirmed the team would have a supply of the current specification Honda engines for 2018. Following the departure of Kaltenborn, the Honda deal was reassessed by incoming team principal Frederic Vasseur. At the end of last week it was announced Honda had been dropped, shortly afterwards the conformation they would have a supply of the latest specification Ferrari engines for next season. Ferrari’s young drivers, Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi could form part of the engine deal, later revealed by Vasseur and backed up by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Autosport asked Marchionne, who was present in Hungary if Sauber could become a home for their young driver programme, he replied: “It is an excellent idea and something we are working on. “We need space because we have a couple of young drivers that are exceptional. “We need to find a place to lay the foundations for the Scuderia Ferrari of tomorrow.” Such a deal could also pave the way for a return for Alfa Romeo, suggested recently by James Allen to rebadge the Ferrari engine, as a brand to promote young drivers. A possible option for Ferrari a backed driver recently closed, with closely aligned Haas confirming an unchanged driver pairing of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for next season.

Reigning Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes have the Constructors' championship sewn up and it is unlikely that Ferrari will catch The Maranello-based team have won four races thus far, just two shy of Mercedes ' tally and they are 39 points behind in the team battle .

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Reigning Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes have the Constructors' championship sewn up and it is unlikely that Ferrari will catch the Silver Arrows team.

The German believes his former team have superior resources when it comes to developing the car during the course of the season compared to their Italian counterparts despite the latter closing the gap during the winter and building an aerodynamically efficient car.

Ferrari are constantly challenging Mercedes this year after their domination for the last three seasons. The Maranello-based team have won four races thus far, just two shy of Mercedes' tally and they are 39 points behind in the team battle.

Bottas not at Mercedes to race in Lewis's shadow

  Bottas not at Mercedes to race in Lewis's shadow Valtteri Bottas has insisted he did not take up the challenge of lining up next to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes to walk in the Briton’s shadow. The Finn, who replaced reigning world champion Nico Rosberg, has endured a competitive start to life at the Brackley-based outfit, taking two victories so far this season. A run of five consecutive podiums has left Bottas as an outside shot for the championship and 19 points adrift of second-placed Hamilton. Following team instructions at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes has made it clear neither driver is getting preferential treatment from one another, and Bottas backs up this theory. “Not every teammate would have done that for a podium, but on the other hand, I would have been angry if Lewis had not accepted the deal,” he told Sport Bild. “The team has made it clear right from the beginning that we are both treated and respected equally. “We get the same equipment, there is no number 1 and number 2 driver, and I trusted that was the case. I am fighting for the world championship, as this is also about my own career. I do not want to be in Lewis’ shadow.” Asked if he believes he can overhaul his team-mate Hamilton and current championship leader Sebastian Vettel to the drivers’ title, Bottas replied: “Yes. I can become world champion. “There are still nine races to go, and I believe that I can beat Lewis and Sebastian — I have already done both this year. “I am getting better and better. There is no limit for me.

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Moreover, Sebastian Vettel has taken all of Ferrari's victories thus far and leads Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship by 14 points with nine races remaining in 2017. The German led Ferrari's second one-two finish of the season at Hungary, and closed the gap on the Brackley-based outfit in the Constructors' Championship.

However, Rosberg is not convinced and the 2016 F1 champion believes Mercedes will run away with the title this season as most of the races — apart from the street circuit in Singapore — before the campaign concludes in November suits the German owned team. The former Williams driver admitted that he was surprised with Ferrari's dominance in Hungary, but believes the next outing in Belgium at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps will favour the Mercedes team.

"Ferrari have really done a great job over the winter," Rosberg told SPORTBILD, as quoted by ESPN. "But now it will be a development race. I find it hard to believe that Ferrari can keep up. After Silverstone I had already thought: That's it now."

"I was surprised that Ferrari in Hungary hadn't fallen back again. Spa would have to be a full-on the Mercedes-track. Ferrari is unlikely to have a chance," the German added.

Marko: Summer break will make Vettel 'stronger' .
Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko has suggested that Sebastian Vettel will come back stronger following Formula 1’s summer break, and is therefore the favourite to claim the drivers’ championship title. After claiming four wins in the first half of the season, Vettel currently leads Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton by 14 points at the head of the championship. The four-time champion – who has never lost a title battle in which he has led – is vying for his first crown with Ferrari, with his previous four championships earned during his time at Red Bull. Head of the Red Bull driver programme for those title winning years was Dr Helmut Marko, who has tipped his former protege for top honours this year. “I believe in Vettel, because I know his mental strength – and Ferrari has raised its game,” he stated in an interview for the official F1 website. “Silverstone, I would say, was an exception – Ferrari was clearly the stronger car in the first half of the season and only due to various circumstances could they not materialize all their chances. Marko also noted the mental strength that Vettel demonstrated during his title years at Red Bull. “What is fact is that we have been 60 points behind before the summer break – and still won the title with him. “Seb will use this summer break to come back even stronger. That’s how I know him.” History does dictate that Vettel performs better in the second half of the season compared with the first. In 2013, the German won all nine races after the summer shut-down to set a new record for consecutive race victories and seal the championship title in emphatic fashion with three races to spare.

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