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Bottas: Mercedes engine upgrade won't be a match for Ferrari

  • Published on 07 Jun 2019 13:52
  • comments 10
  • By: Richard Fletcher

Valtteri Bottas says that Ferrari will still have the top speed advantage over the Mercedes powered cars this weekend even after the German team introduce their Phase 2 engine.

Although Mercedes is leading the championship by 118 points, Ferrari is thought to boast the best power units. The Scuderia are hoping that their power output may prove to be a crucial advantage this weekend at the power sensitive Montreal circuit. 

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Bottas revealed that Mercedes are expecting to make a small step forward from the fresh engine with a tiny bit of a power gain but that although Ferrari still has the power advantage, Mercedes still are on top overall. 

"We don't think it is quite enough yet to match Ferrari's straight-line speed. They will have the upper hand on that, but we will have our strengths in other areas. I look forward to trying it.

"I think it (the engine) is coming at the right time because the first engine is running towards the end of its life so we definitely needed a new one anyway.

"It's nice to have the upgrade here compared to Monaco. The engine is much more valuable here so it is good timing for that. But we need to see what actually works and how much is the benefit compared to the other one." 

Lewis Hamilton commented that they would benefit from the engine regardless of upgrades as it is a fresh unused unit.

"The biggest difference is that it is brand new and fresh and the old engine that has done six races will have degradation," the five-time world champion said.

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  • Are Mercedes still sandbagging? What’s the bet they qualify 6/10’s in front.

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    • Jun 7 2019 - 14:24
    • abhidbgt

      Posts: 234

      I would agree with that gap.

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      • Jun 8 2019 - 14:27
  • I hope not... need to see another winner now

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    • Jun 7 2019 - 15:21
  • Wolff's sense of humor appear to spread in the Merc camp...

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    • Jun 7 2019 - 16:03
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 420

    Listening in on 2nd practice it’s a dead cert Merc 1-2. On race pace they are more or less 1 sec. ahead. Tell you what, why don’t the other teams give them 1-2 now, tell them/pay them not to turn up and we will all watch the best GP for years.

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    • Jun 7 2019 - 17:18
    • Yeah, let's either A: ballast the Merc' and Ferrari and RB cars according to their distance from the others, or B: don't field them at all. At this rate, either one is fine, because we already kinda know what the order will be.

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      • Jun 7 2019 - 17:57
    • Maybe we should wait until qualifying, Ferrari could be running the engine on low

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      • Jun 7 2019 - 18:38
    • RogerF1

      Posts: 420

      Well, ballast not a bad idea. It works really well in BTCC. Never a dull race, year on year.

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      • Jun 7 2019 - 19:10
    • And it works great in Super GT too. I've been weary about having BoP in F1, since I kinda think it goes against what F1 is, yet at this rate we might need it if we are to ever see an even field again. F1 could have a mild variant, like blocking high scoring teams from upgrading certain bits, or it could go into weight ballasting. DTM's model was too harsh, to the point that it was best to refrain from winning the first races.

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      • Jun 8 2019 - 09:45
  • In response to Hammy's complaint, maybe they should take the power steering out of F1 like they have done in IndyCar. That should give him a good workout!

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    • Jun 8 2019 - 08:15

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