According to Toto Wolff, the title fight with Red Bull Racing has caused the necessary problems at Mercedes. The German racing stable has to get extra power from the power source this season, which has consequences for the reliability of the engine. Partly because of this, Lewis Hamilton had to have his fourth combustion engine installed.
The title fight between Red Bull Racing and Mercedes is very exciting. With seven races to go, Hamilton is two points ahead of Max Verstappen. It is also exciting in the constructors’ championship, where the difference is only 33 points. Both teams have to pull out all the stops all season to stay in the title race. For Mercedes, this means that they suddenly have to push their power sources more than was the case in previous years. “It’s tough. When you’re pushing the powerplant’s limits in terms of performance, you’re going to run into some obstacles at some point,” Wolff is quoted by RaceFans.net. “Our powertrains have been the most reliable since the introduction of the hybrid engines in 2014.”
Because the Mercedes team has to demand more from the power source, new problems have been discovered this season. “For example, unusual noises came from the combustion engine, which were not fully understood at the time and therefore caused the necessary problems,” explains Wolff. “In the past we’ve seen engines fail, now it’s about being able to contain the problem. At this stage you’re not going to redesign the parts anymore.”
Mercedes tries to limit damage
Hamilton has had his fourth combustion engine installed this weekend, but may still be able to rely on his previous one. “It was clear that we were the fourth [motor] “The question is how and when we want to use the third power unit, which is still in the pool. That is something for the coming races to judge. You could choose to use it only on Friday, but also on Saturday or Sunday.”
Mercedes has deliberately chosen to replace only the ICE instead of the full power source. “The other parts, such as the turbo and the other parts, are still in great condition. They are still well within the kilometer limit,” he emphasizes. “That’s why we didn’t have to take new components.” As a result, Hamilton will not have to start from the back of the field, but will only receive a 10-place grid penalty.