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Mercedes had crankshaft trouble in second test

  • Published on 15 Mar 2017 10:17
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Mercedes ran through the recent Barcelona tests with a secret reliability problem. That is the claim of Leo Turrini, a well-known Italian media insider who is famously close to Ferrari.

On his blog, he says it is noteworthy that while Mercedes figures are hinting that Ferrari has the edge for 2017, Ferrari insist that the silver team is in fact still the favourite. "It seems to me that in Barcelona the Mercedes had a reliability problem linked to the crankshaft," Turrini claimed.

"It's nothing serious, but Hamilton and Bottas were never able to push hard. It is certain that Mercedes will fix the problem before Melbourne, but Ferrari knows the story and that is why Ferrari believes the Silver Arrow is still ahead," he added. (GMM)

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  • Vet5

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    More fear-mongering as usual for the "well known media insider"

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    • Mar 15 2017 - 12:36
  • If only it were true.

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    • Mar 15 2017 - 13:34
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    may be, but somehow nah. Believe that this burning oil on quallifying actually has some legs.. why not set a max oil consumption, and their proposal was 5 Liter, not sure if they actually use that much. Why do the merc's have noticable blue smoke on initial start ?

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    • Mar 15 2017 - 16:58

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