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Can Mercedes be beaten ?: Short nose and engine tokens

Daniel Reinhard
Can Mercedes be beaten?
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D he intervals were terrifying: 1.39 seconds in Practice, 0.63 seconds in the race. The defeat for Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull would have been greater in the race if Melbourne hadn't been such a gasoline race. The Silver Arrows burn more fuel than last year. More downforce and more horsepower come at a price. The next race in Malaysia is not critical. So there could be a bigger slap for the competition there.

Mercedes alone on a wide corridor. The experts fear that it will stay that way until the end of the season. Maybe even worse than last year. And if Lewis Hamilton has a run, it could very quickly become a monotonous season. That's why everyone is hoping that Nico Rosberg will soon get a foot in the door.

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But is the situation really that hopeless? For the next races for sure. Nobody can achieve such a head start within a few weeks. Rosberg also admits: 'At the moment we are the leading force. We don't have to fear anyone. Only defects can stop us. That will certainly stay that way for a while, but not forever. If the rules remain the same, the others will catch up because ours Development curve becomes flatter. '

In fact, Mercedes chief designer Aldo Costa built the almost perfect car. It generates so much contact pressure that you are now slowed down by gasoline consumption. Apparently a point has been reached where the engineers have to weigh up whether each further step does more harm than good. As long as Mercedes has such a large lead, the increased gasoline consumption doesn't hurt. Hamilton and Rosberg can dictate their pace from the top. They wouldn't have to drive at full speed to get up front Only the internal duel drives them to it.

Motor costs Red Bull a second

Ferrari and Red Bull could be in the second half of the season could be dangerous for Mercedes. It will no longer be enough for the world title, but for GP victories. If they do everything right. Both have saved more motor tokens than Mercedes. Renault can still use 12 tokens, Ferrari 10, Mercedes only 7. Twelve tokens are a lot of wood. Renault should convert half the engine for this. For example cylinder head (2), upper crankcase (3), combustion chamber (3),Valve train (2) and the MGU-H (2).

At Renault, things can only get better. Even without using a single token. You don't have to use the token table to solve the software problems. Technical director Adrian Newey claims that engine problems take a second. Because you have to deliberately reduce horsepower and compromise when setting up the vehicle because of the poor performance. And at Red Bull, the short nose is still waiting. As soon as she has passed the crash test, Newey can also bring the rest of the aerodynamics package. Half a second should be hidden there.

Ferrari is still looking for the short nose advantage

For Ferrari, im Principle the same. When it comes to the engine, not much is missing from Mercedes. Williams chief technology officer Pat Symonds is even of the opinion that there is practically a tie between the V6 turbos from Mercedes and Ferrari: 'That is what the split times in sector 1 and the top speed values ‚Äč‚Äčtell me.' come to the European season.

Ferrari has to make the car mobile. It is well balanced for the first time in years, but unlike the Silver Arrows, there is no downforce. The Ferrari SF15-T still has a long nose. Most teams go the opposite way. Even the best-in-class Mercedes. So you have to assume that this is the right way. However, Ferrari has not yet found the decisive breakthrough to more downforce with the short nose Room for improvement.

Williams will find it difficult to significantly reduce the gap to Mercedes. Firstly, they have the same engine. And secondly, the team lacks the means in the development competition to keep up with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. At this level, money makes all the difference. Today, lap time is found in optimizing details. The ingenious idea no longer exists.


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