Connect with us

F1 top news

Mercedes boss hopes Malaysia stops equalisation ‘nonsense’

Published

on

CBQEjpGUgAAV1YW
Toto Wolff on Sunday said he hopes Ferrari’s breakthrough win stops the “nonsense” talk about equalisation.

After Australia, Red Bull threatened to quit F1 over Mercedes’ huge supremacy amid the current engine regulations, arguing that only artificial “equalisation” mechanisms can fix the sport’s broken show.

But just two weeks later in Malaysia, Sebastian Vettel beat both silver cars in just his second race for a strongly resurgent Ferrari.

“We beat them fair and square,” said the beaming German, even though some suggested it was a strategy error for Mercedes amid the early safety car that contributed.

But Ferrari, already strong in Australia, were neck-and-neck with Mercedes throughout the Sepang weekend, and in crucial ‘long run’ pace even looked marginally better than the reigning world champions from the very beginning in Friday practice.

“Ferrari is back,” Vettel’s engineer told him on the radio.

Melbourne winner and reigning champion Hamilton agreed, privately telling Vettel before the podium ceremony that the red car was “so quick” this weekend.

“Geez, they had some good pace today,” Hamilton told Eddie Jordan on the podium. “They were too fast for us.”

So after all the political talk about ‘equalisation’, defeated Mercedes chief Wolff said it had been a bad day for Mercedes but “a good day for formula one”.

Hamilton said Ferrari’s win will make some unnamed people in the paddock “eat their words”.

“Hopefully all the nonsense about equalisation stops now,” agreed Wolff.

At the very minimum, Ferrari’s success in ‘equalising’ Mercedes’ pace in the conventional manner in Malaysia has dented Red Bull’s political push.

It leaves the energy drink-owned camp needing to patch up its broken relationship with Renault and push forwards.

With Vettel having lapped both Red Bulls on Sunday, Dr Helmut Marko told German television Sky that the team is now working hard to improve hand-in-hand with its engine supplier.

“In Australia there was a lot of emotion,” he said, “but we have now found a way forward. Thank god it has already looked better here.”

But Marko said Red Bull is still looking towards F1’s “stakeholders”, especially after both the team and Renault threatened to quit the sport.

“That is why all the stakeholders, not just Red Bull and Renault but also the FIA and the commercial rights holder (must look at) how a company like Renault can again get the necessary value from F1 that makes sense,” he said.

So he doesn’t think even Ferrari’s victory on Sunday is evidence enough that the controversial engine regulations are actually able to work for the sport.

“Ferrari was very strong here,” admitted Marko, “but they also have a very good car and the tyre wear is very good and Sebastian Vettel loves this track.

“Without doubt they have made a great leap forward with the engine, but under normal circumstances they are still more than half a second away from Mercedes.

“That is not enough,” said Marko. “There is also the high temperatures (in Malaysia) and the specific track, while Mercedes did not find the ideal setup.

“The general balance of power has not yet changed,” he claimed. (GMM)

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F12 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

22SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F12 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F13 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F13 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

34Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F13 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

638SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...

2018 F13 days ago

Renault engine power deficit a bigger problem – Verstappen

5SharesMax Verstappen says Red Bull’s title chances have taken a dive. Although the Dutchman won in Austria, he says at...

2018 F15 days ago

Ricciardo admits 2019 Red Bull contract ‘likely’

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo now says it is “likely” he will stay at Red Bull in 2019. Earlier, the Red Bull driver...

2018 F15 days ago

Alonso no fan of proposed expand points system

44SharesFernando Alonso says he is not sure changing the points system is a good move for F1. Over the British...

2018 F15 days ago

Renault felt like F2 engine – Verstappen

105SharesMax Verstappen says he feels as though he has been relegated to Formula 2. In the Honda era, Fernando Alonso...

2018 F16 days ago

Rosberg reveals what difference at Ferrari engine

1Share2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says the engine is what is making the difference at Ferrari this year. The...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media