2017 F1

Carey wants the F1 title remains open until Abu Dhabi GP

Chase Carey says he does not have a personal favourite for the 2017 Formula 1 title.

The Ferrari speedy, Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers’ title by 14 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton as F1 heads into its summer break, even though Mercedes leads the constructors’ championship by 39 points ahead of Italian F1 outfit.

While Lewis Hamilton is the superstar and Sebastian Vettel does not even have social media accounts, F1’s new CEO told Auto Bild he is more than happy the duo are fighting it out for championship spoils.

“There is no mould from which a hero is cast,” said the American.

“We need different personalities and Vettel is one of the great protagonists of our sport, even if he is different from Lewis.”

So when pressed upon who he is really cheering for, Carey smiled: “You mean the German driver with the Italian car or the Briton in the German car?

“I’m always asked and I always say I just want a good race.”

Indeed, Bernie Ecclestone’s successor said he is happy the races have been more exciting in the first half of 2017, adding: “My wish is that the championship remains open until Abu Dhabi.”

Triple world champion, Hamilton recently says that he felt the summer break was timely given the difficult nature of the first part of the F1 season, where the Silver Arrows has faced its hardest rivalry yet during the V6 turbo-hybrid period that introduced in 2014.

“It’s definitely been very tough, physically, mentally and emotionally for everyone in the team,” Hamilton added.

“I can only really speak on my behalf, and it’s definitely been a difficult season up to now. The break will be very good for everyone to spend some time with family and whatever they do – recharge and come back fresh.

“I truly believe that we have the capability of winning this championship, but it’s going to take absolutely 100% of everyone’s effort to pull it off. I can just encourage my team to come back strong and I’ll try to come back even stronger.”

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