Connect with us

2016 F1

Mercedes asks parent for new single clutch design

Published

on

Mercedes asks parent for new single clutch design

Mercedes asks parent for new single clutch design

Formula One defending world champion team Mercedes has appealed to its carmaker parent Daimler to stave off a threat posed by 2016 title rival Ferrari.

In Australia two weeks ago, both silver cars were beaten off the grid by the Ferraris, after the Maranello team proved to have best mastered the new rules limiting drivers to the use of a single clutch lever for race starts.

Now, Mercedes has qualified first and second in Bahrain but the team is again worried that Ferrari will simply leap ahead.

“Ideally, we’ll do the same thing on the start as we did two weeks ago,” smiled Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who is third on the grid but led early in Melbourne. “I wouldn’t mind!”

Acknowledging that Ferrari has the upper hand, Mercedes is reaching out for help.

“Daimler is making a new clutch for us,” team boss Toto Wolff told Germany’s Auto Bild. “We have asked the research department for help.”

“We don’t know exactly when it will be ready,” he added, referring to “weeks or months”.

Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton said in Bahrain that Mercedes has been working on improving what it already has since Australia, but admitted he “highly doubts” the situation will be much different compared to two weeks ago.

Mercedes, however, is not alone in having a key area to work on at the start of the 2016 season, amid paddock rumours Ferrari is struggling with its new turbo.

Asked if there is a fundamental problem, Kimi Raikkonen – who retired in Australia with a fiery airbox – told the Finnish broadcaster MTV in Bahrain: “Well, at the last race there was.”

It is believed that until the problem is resolved, Ferrari is not able to turn its ‘power units’ up to full power, especially in qualifying.

“But qualifying and the race are entirely different things,” Raikkonen said, referring to the half-second gap between Mercedes and Ferrari on Saturday.

“We know that we are always closer to them in the race,” he added.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F19 hours ago

Pressure got to Vettel in 2018 – Rosberg

Only a “perfect” competitor can knock Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes from their perch at the top of F1. That is...

2018 F110 hours ago

Robert Kubica to get $10m boost for 2019 F1 race seat

Robert Kubica’s chances of securing the vacant Williams race seat for 2019 have received a massive boost. Sport Express, a...

2018 F11 day ago

Vettel denies cracking under pressure in 2018

Sebastian Vettel has denied that the pressure got to him in his 2018 title battle. Once ahead of Lewis Hamilton...

2018 F12 days ago

Ricciardo does not want to be the second driver at Red Bull – Valsecchi

Daniel Ricciardo had little choice other than to leave Red Bull. That is the view of Davide Valsecchi, a former...

2018 F12 days ago

‘Very easy’ to make Vettel-like errors – Alesi

Jean Alesi has backed his old team Ferrari, amid criticism of the Italian outfit and its top driver Sebastian Vettel....

2018 F12 days ago

Four drivers line up for second Williams F1 seat

A quartet of drivers are in the running to be British rookie George Russell’s teammate at Williams in 2019. With...

2018 F12 days ago

Raikkonen fined after colliding with parked car

Kimi Raikkonen must pay a fine of 350 Swiss francs after hitting a car outside his home in Baar, Switzerland....

2018 F14 days ago

Mick Schumacher become the first German driver to win European F3 title

Mick Schumacher, the son of Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, has become the first German driver to win the Formula...

2018 F14 days ago

McLaren ‘hit the bottom’ in 2018 F1 – Sainz

Carlos Sainz is confident McLaren will put itself back on track in 2019. Flavio Briatore, who is a manager of...

2018 F14 days ago

F1 engine rules are the most complicated – Prost

F1 needs to get back to basics in order to spice up the show, according to Alain Prost. Now a...




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