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WRITE TO US Motorsport News Haymarket Consumer Media, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SP A prancing horse on the prowl can only ramp up the interest
Sebastian Vettel is right – the Ferrari team is now much more of a threat to Mercedes-benz than it has been since the German car manufacturer properly hit the front four years ago.
Only a poor decision from the pit wall cost the four-time champion a realistic shot at victory in last weekend’s grand prix, a win that would have surely sent the Scuderia-mad Canadian fans into raptures. It would have been just what the sport needed, but an all-out, gloves-off fight between Mercedes-benz and Ferrari doesn’t seem so far away. Rather than moan and complain that the engine rules are unfair (as some of the other top teams have done when things haven’t gone their way), Ferrari has been humble in its struggles and just said, plain and simple, that it needed to get its head down and get better. It is a shame that it didn’t happen in time to keep Fernando Alonso on board, but it is clearly happening now.
Ferrari doesn’t, of course, lack for funds and that has made its failure against Mercedes so hard to face, but it is now a much easier team to support than it was during the Michael Schumacher years. The prancing horse only has a few more small steps to take to engage Mercedes in battle. That’s good for the team, good for Vettel and certainly good for the sport as a whole. Matt James, Editor
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