Ferrari pressure Mercedes to ‘turn up’ the engines


In terms of one lap qualifying pace, Ferrari made a step closer to Mercedes with their new developed engine in Montreal. However, the Brackley outfit appear to have countered by improving their cars’ race pace.

Given hot conditions, and the softer compound tyres in use, Ferrari have matched and even marginally bettered the Mercedes pace on Sunday’s at times this year.

Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari’s new chairman, attended the Canadian GP and made his presence known to the media in the Montreal paddock.

When asked what the priorities were for the Scuderia, Il Padrino replied curtly: “Improvements on the bloody car, that is what we are trying to do.

“We are spending a lot of time making sure that we keep remedying the problems that we knew were inherent in the car.”

Yet Marchionne recognised the developments Mercedes have been making have had an impact of the gap to Ferrari. I had a long discussions with our team on this, that notwithstanding our understanding of the deficiency to Mercedes, that Mercedes would not stand still. We have seen it here.

“We have seen track performance that was a lot closer to what they were doing in qualifying. They appear to be closing the gap between race performance and qualifying laps”.

“That is something that we knew was coming. To delude ourselves that we could continue to close our gap against a static position is nonsense.

“So we need to work our buns off; and work ever harder given the progress that they have made.”

Of course the new Mercedes engines used by Lewis and Nico was one improved only by applying to the FIA to alter their engine design on the grounds of reliability, cost or safety.

Ferrari by comparison used three of their development tokens and now both teams have seven remaining to the end of the year.

However, TJ13 has learned Mercedes improved race pace was a combination of two factors. Firstly the engines used for the first six races were retired and a new engine deliver more power – even if built to the exact same specification as one that has done several thousand kilometres.

Secondly, Mercedes ran their two power units at a higher output level than they did for the first race of the last engine in Australia. In effect they turned up the ‘limiter’.

The perceived threat from Ferrari forced this decision on the Mercedes management.

Whilst it may be crumbs from the table, but Ferrari can at least be satisfied they are now forcing Mercedes to run at something like full power, and the forty second gap to their nearest rival is more than a healthy margin in hand.

11 responses to “Ferrari pressure Mercedes to ‘turn up’ the engines

  1. Does this mean that we could soon see both Mercedes and Ferrari able to unleash the full potential of there for far longer during the races? I just want to see the cars ragged round and round and round until they either explod or win, which ever comes 1st lol

  2. Is it Ferrari that presses Mercedes or is Ferrari that feels pressed by Mercedes dominance ?
    I am sure that Ferrari would love to change their role with Mercedes !

  3. So Marchionne thinks Mercedes race pace is almost close to their qualifying pace, well if that were to happen, then they might as well give them the trophies now.

    • Oh we already did. Who doubts that Lewis will take the Titel again? He’s been doing a vettel. Cruising with the best car. 😂

  4. I think you are wrong if you think Merc has turned up the engines to the max. I bet they still have 20-40hp in hand.

  5. Both Hamilton and Rosberg were on 98 kg of fuel used in Canada; there’s not much wick to turn up if they want to finish the races. Now raise the fuel flow rate and total fuel………….

    • granted, but from what I understand, Merc is not using the highest bar DI allowed, so that may be one point of improvement for them. Another is that they may be able to introduce new injectors and pistons as they have now had ample time to understand the combustion characteristics, something that Honda seems lacking in. Finally Canada probably wasn’t representative of the ‘normal’ F1 track as it sees very high fuel usage. Merc’s advantage comes not only in their top end power, but their apparently exquisite drive-ability and power management. This is a characteristic we are used to seeing more in MotoGP. However with the MGU-H, I strongly suspect Merc has essentially programmed TC.

  6. can’t see what all the fuss about the improvements Ferrari made with their engine is about, after all, Monisha said power didn’t really matter in Canada, now does it 😀

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