In recent months, Mercedes has managed to find some extra power compared to Honda. Red Bull thought there might be a trick involved, but the FIA has ignored the team’s questions.
At the start of the season, Mercedes and Honda seemed almost in balance, but in the last period Toto Wolff and associates seem to have found some extra power. Rumors circulated left and right that Red Bull suspected its competitor was playing a trick with the intercooler, allowing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to accelerate faster.
Last weekend, Red Bull’s mouths fell open again in surprise when Lewis Hamilton flew onto the straights. “As if he drove open with DRS!” Helmut Marko shouted. Team boss Christian Horner was also surprised. “No idea where they suddenly get that speed!”
Some time ago, Red Bull asked the FIA about the Mercedes engine and whether they wanted to look at the legality of the power source. “It was not a protest, we just wanted clarity,” said the team boss of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. The global motorsport federation has ruled that there is nothing illegal going on with the champions’ engine.
That reveals Helmut Marko in conversation with Motorsport Magazine. “Everything is approved by the FIA. We have to accept what they decide,” the Austrian said reluctantly.