Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff has admitted that the dominance of his team is over, as Ferrari lead the Championship going into the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.
The team has had dominance of the sport since Formula 1 entered the hybrid V6 power unit era for 2014.
Since then, only Mercedes drivers (Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg) have secured Driver’s Championships, with the team taking the Constructor’s Championships those three years also.
In 2015 and 2016, the team won 35 out of a total of 40 races.
“Yes, our three-year dominance is over,” Wolff admitted to Swiss media.
“It was not always good for Formula 1. That’s why many fans are now looking forward to a great world championship.”
Despite this, the Austrian is enjoying the calmer relationship between his drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, after the tense and competitive atmosphere between Hamilton and current World Champion Nico Rosberg last season.
“Before, for three years we had to consider how to manage Rosberg and Hamilton, but that problem is now gone,” Wolff spoke.