Mercedes is “100% aligned” with Ferrari when it comes to its stance on the future of Formula 1, according to Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche.
Ferrari has been very outspoken over latest owners Liberty Media’s plans for F1, with power unit regulation proposals beyond 2020 leading Sergio Marchionne to issue a quit threat at the end of last year. While Zetsche sees Ferrari as Mercedes’ main rival at present after the two teams fought over last season’s championship, the Mercedes boss admits he and Marchionne are united on their beliefs for the sport.
“We are the good cop and the bad cop,” Zetsche told Autocar. “We beat each other like crazy on the track and try to get every tenth of a second of advantage but at the same time we are 100% aligned on our thoughts in Formula 1 and our strategic actions in Formula 1. We are good friends.
“We are there to stay in Formula 1 but of course the platform itself has to stay meaningful and develop positively.”
While Ferrari’s approach has been to state it will not remain in the sport if F1 doesn’t provide the regulations it wants, Zetsche adds he is keen to see any regulation changes ensure there is close competition on track.
“I have said many times the best outcome would be winning the championship by one point in the last race. Being on the track last half of last season, I was not that sure of my statement!
“To be clear, we want to be successful and we want the platform to be successful and when one is dominant that doesn’t help. We need stronger competitors and rule changes which give new cars to everybody and to some extent, this last season was that change.”