Stefano Domenicali: “For sure Mercedes are going to be closer”

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Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says he sees “signs that Mercedes are getting faster”, and thinks they’ll be able to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull.

Although right now Max Verstappen is leading the 2022 championship, 49 points ahead of second-placed Charles Leclerc, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says it can all turn around quickly.

“If you remember after three races of the season, the comment from Max Verstappen was that the game was over and Ferrari was leading by 40 points or so,” Domenicali said.

“Now, it’s the other way around, because Max is leading the championship by 46 points,” he told Standard Sport

“I would say we need to be prudent. The championship is very long and is going to have lots of ups and downs.

“It’s too early to say the championship is finished, and I say that not because I hope that but I do believe that.

“We’re just one third of the season in. There are a lot of races and I’m sure the championship will be tight.”

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Mercedes has been unable to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari so far in 2022, but Domenicali is certain the team will bounce back.

“[Leclerc] is in great shape and Ferrari are very close. I also see signs that Mercedes are getting faster, so the scenario for the championship is to be close.

“It all depends how the cars adapt to the circuits and how, with this budget cap, the teams relay upgrades to the car. That’s the beauty of the situation we’re in.

“For sure, Mercedes are going to be closer, because they are an incredible team and all the titles achieved in the past — eight in a row. They’re going to be there, they will not give up.

“And that will help for the situation to be a little more mixed up,” the Italian concluded.

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