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Mercedes W09 not one second ahead – Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas has denied that Mercedes is a full second per lap ahead of F1’s other top teams heading into this month’s Australian grand prix.

One analysis shows that while qualifying will be closer, the silver car may be a full second per lap faster than Red Bull in a race simulation or ‘long run’.

But Finn Bottas insisted: “We are definitely not a second ahead of the others.”

Renault-powered Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko thinks that whatever the difference, it is due to the engine.

“We have the better chassis,” he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. “The difference is the engine.”

And designer Adrian Newey thinks one of the big differences between Renault and Mercedes is how oil is consumed.

“For us, the oil consumption per 100 litres is 0.1 litres,” he revealed. “Mercedes and Ferrari go the limit of 0.6 litres.”

Ferrari, however, may be risking running out of oil altogether, as the plumes of smoke from the rear of the red car in Barcelona testing suggest.

Sebastian Vettel said that’s not a problem, but he did admit: “There are still some puzzles that we need to understand.”

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