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Mercedes increased mileage, Ferrari has most powerful engine

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Ferrari may now have the most powerful engine in formula one. For the whole of the ‘power unit’ era since 2014, Mercedes has clearly led the way and won every world championship.

But Auto Motor und Sport claims that Ferrari has caught up in 2018.

“GPS measurements show that in terms of engine performance, Ferrari has caught up with Mercedes,” the report said.

“Mercedes increased mileage from 5,000 to 8,000 kilometres (per engine), but Ferrari found even more power over the winter,” Auto Motor und Sport added.

Sebastian Vettel confirmed: “On the straights, we’re not losing time to Mercedes.”

The German magazine claims Mercedes this year went back to an oil specification that it used in 2016, as the FIA clamped down on a rule about oil consumption.

Boss Toto Wolff said: “The measurements are not precise, so if you’re on the limit, you risk sometimes going over it.”

Auto Motor und Sport, however, said Ferrari is pushing ahead with a “full risk” strategy regarding the oil consumption rule.

Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, chimes in:

“The amount of change on the power unit for this year is quite considerable and driven by a number of requirements.

“The biggest challenge we’ve got is lifting our durability limit with the challenge of racing just three engines per driver per championship and two ERS systems. That’s a 40 per cent increase in the distance that the hardware needs to do for this year compared with last year. We focused on trying to increase the life of the hardware without losing performance. “

Earlier this season, Leo Turrini, a journalist known for being close to Ferrari, says the Maranello team is also knocking on the door of 1000hp for 2018.

Weight trimming battles

Turrini wrote in his Quotidiano blog: “A huge effort has been made to put the power unit on a diet.

“One of Mercedes’ advantages was the lower weight of the overall package, but Ferrari has been successful in its mission.

Turrini claimed: “On the test bench, 1000hp has already been seen at maximum peak power.

“Even if Mercedes has already been there.”

Turrini thinks Ferrari will have a good chance of taking on Mercedes on equal terms in 2018.

“On the aerodynamic side, tunnel data shows an important step forward”.

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