One of the Mercedes client Lotus F1’s trackside operations director Alan Permane says that newly upgraded Mercedes engine is worth an estimated 0.3s per lap.
Mercedes used their complete Seven-token allotment to bring a key expansion to their dominant PU106B V6 for Italian Grand Prix. The latest development give up a major grow as the championship leader Lewis Hamilton set 1.5s+ faster than third-placed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in Friday opening practice.
“I’m told it’s 0.3s [at Monza],” Permane told F1i.
“I don’t know for sure, we haven’t spoken to our Mercedes people about it. Of course anything we can get is great, but we’re very happy with what we’ve got at the moment.
“Our third engines went in at Monza and performed faultlessly, but I don’t know what the plan is and whether our fourth engine will be the next generation or not.”
“I don’t see why we can’t do as we’ve done in the last few; qualify well, put the car in the top ten and race in the top ten. There’s no doubt the Renault teams will be a little bit more competitive there, it’s not such a demanding track for horsepower, but that will be our target and that’s what I think we can achieve.”