“We are the good cop and the bad cop. 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.”
Zetsche confirmed Mercedes was committed to Formula 1 despite the car maker’s ongoing dominance in the championship: “We are there to stay in Formula 1 but of course the platform itself has to stay meaningful and develop positively.”
He said it was not for Mercedes to address its dominance, but instead its competitors. “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!
He continued: “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."