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Bernie Ecclestone says Mercedes fans aren’t as loyal as Ferrari fans

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’TIS the season to be jolly, but Mercedes fans won’t be sending Bernie Ecclestone any Christmas cards this silly season.
The F1 boss had a sly jab at the reigning champions’ fans, saying the team would always enjoy the favour of supporters when they are winning, but when times are tough, their fans won’t be so keen to hang around.
Instead, the 85-year-old lavished praise on Ferrari’s supporters, saying they were more loyal than their rival’s brigade.
“Ferrari have an incredible fan base even when they lose,” he told German publication Motorsport Magazine. “You don’t find that with Mercedes. If they begin to lose, then you’ll see what happens.
“I think Mercedes are running a risk — the public thinks that, with the money they spend, they should be winning. They don’t get any genuine sympathy. And you need that sympathy. People need to feel a bit sorry for a team.
“If Mercedes stop winning, I don’t think that many people will feel any sympathy for them.”
Mercedes finished atop the 2015 Constructor Standings, 275 points clear of second-placed Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton, who joined Mercedes in 2013, claimed his third world championship — and his second in a row — in 2015, while teammate Nico Rosberg finished as this year’s runner-up.
Much like the world’s biggest football clubs, Mercedes has gained a reputation as a team that will spare no expense in the pursuit of glory. While that’s a perfectly reasonable approach when the results are going your way, it leaves rival fans will little reason to appreciate their success, as they view Mercedes as buying trophies.

This also means that even those who cheer on Hamilton and Rosberg at the track expect nothing but the best given the extensive resources at Mercedes’ disposal, so even the smallest stuff-ups would be reason to look elsewhere for a team to support.
In other F1 news, Australian Daniel Ricciardo revealed he is wary of organising future career plans beyond 2016 because he doesn’t want to suffer the same fate as fellow driver Fernando Alonso.
The 26-year-old had an awful 2015, finishing eighth in the Drivers Championship behind teammate Danil Kyvat. It was symptomatic of Red Bull’s tumultuous year, the team finishing fourth in the Constructor Standings after failing to win a race for the first time since 2008.
But just because his contract with Red Bull expires at the end of 2016, it doesn’t mean he is looking to jump ship anytime soon.
“It’s something I have to play by ear,” Ricciardo was quoted as saying by ESPN UK. “In 2017 there are a lot of rule changes and the last thing I want to do is an Alonso, jumping ship and then the ship you’ve left is the one you want to be on.
“In an ideal world I will stay at Red Bull and we will find the dominance again. But that’s something for later in the season.”
Alonso left Ferrari for McLaren before the start of this year — a disastrous decision as his new team finished ninth in the Constructor Standings while Ferrari finished second. It meant the Spaniard placed 17th in the championship race, a far cry from his sixth placed finish in 2014.
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Hummm. Italian passion vs. German engineering??

Of course Bernie is not happy with Mercedes.
Bernie Ecclestone has given an interview in Die Welt newspaper in Germany making some tough comments about the negative impact of Mercedes’ domination and suggesting that he and FIA president Jean Todt will use their new mandate from the World Motor Sport Council to compel the manufacturers to comply with their wishes.
"What we are trying to do at the moment is to get regulations for a new engine that is the same for everyone," Ecclestone told Sky Sports News HQ.

"We don't want different engines for different teams if we don't have to, if we have to that is what will happen, but that is what we would rather not happen."

Ecclestone hopes Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda will agree with his proposals when they discuss them, but is prepared for a fight.
And so much for engine technology from racing transferring to production vehicles.

Mercedes dominated last year's F1 World Championship due to a new smaller and more powerful engine that enabled a different layout inside the car, which itself enabled better cornering and a more efficient use of the front tyres. Such incremental advances will eventually be embedded into road cars.

Will this lead to common engines and common chassis? NASCAR here comes F1. :crying:
I have long regarded Bernie Ecclestone as a Plonker and, so far, nothing he has said or done is likely to make me change my mind... :grin::grin::grin:
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Fur Harry fans are more vocal and visible, win or lose.

They are expected to win. They have the budget, depth of support and influence (rule chamges and challenges), more so than any other team.

MB fans are not as vocal, but a lot more own MB than Fur Harry. They are always around/

Perhaps Fur Harry's success is built on Bernie's model for success.
No allegations, just read the concerns over F1 rights, tv deals etc etc.
Sure he is an obvious target with his profile. But I see and smell smoke, there is surely a fire.
He's probably correct, though traditionally German Mercedes shareholders are very loyal. For Italians, Ferrari is F1 even when the cars were being designed in England.

Outside of Italy, I think F1 fans are more diverse/secular.. So Mercedes is just one choice of many.
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