Mercedes issues a warning to Max Verstappen for the return of the’spicy’ engine in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.


Mercedes has issued a warning to Max Verstappen for the return of the’spicy’ engine in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Mercedes issues a warning to Red Bull in advance of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Despite having a new ICE [internal combustion engine]in their pool from Brazil, Mercedes admitted they chose to run an older engine for Lewis Hamilton in the Qatar Grand Prix.

For the next race in Saudi Arabia, the Silver Arrows have warned Max Verstappen and Red Bull that they will be running at full throttle.

At the Losail International Circuit, Hamilton stormed to pole position before dominating the race and cutting Verstappen’s lead to just eight points with two races remaining.

Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin explained why they wanted to save the “most power” for the final two races.

On the team’s post-Qatar GP debrief, Shovlin stated, “Of the remaining circuits, Qatar has the shortest amount of straight-line [sections], the shortest amount of full-throttle running, and an awful lot of cornering.”

“The power advantage from that engine in Qatar is much smaller than the two remaining circuits.”

“All we’re trying to do is balance the mileage across the pool while making sure there’s less of a penalty when we use the less powerful engine.”

“That also means we’ll have the most power possible when we get to the final two tracks.”

In Qatar, Hamilton beat Verstappen to pole by nearly half a second, winning the race from start to finish.

“Well, if you think about it in a very fundamental sense, you make your lap time from a combination of the straight line, where the drivers are at full throttle, and then the cornering performance,” Shovlin explained.

“In recent races, we’ve been able to match Red Bull in the corners while gaining an advantage in the straight line.

In Qatar, however, the situation was reversed.

We spent all of our time matching them in a straight line.

“So, where does that time come from? There are two possible sources.

One is the amount of downforce you can get on the car, and our package clearly helped us generate a lot of apex speed there.

But there’s also the matter of balance.

“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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