Mercedes to have 100hp advantage in 2014?
Published on 15 Aug 2013 11:32
And Mercedes, already a leader at the tail end of the long V8-powered era, could be in pole position to usurp Red Bull's position at the very top of the tree.
Hungary winner Lewis Hamilton is now an outside chance for this year's title, but the Briton was actually lured to Mercedes "on the promise that he will be able to take on (Sebastian) Vettel in 2014," wrote Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Tobias Gruner.
So far, F1's three V6 engine makers - Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari - have kept their cards close to their respective chests.
But "There are signs Mercedes is one step ahead", Gruner reported.
"In the paddock, it is said that behind closed doors the silver engine has 100 horse power more on average than the Renault or Ferrari.
"Mercedes is not confirming that, obviously. But those in charge are giving an unusually confident impression," he added.
One sign that Mercedes is indeed speeding ahead is an argument about the specification of next year's Pirelli tyres.
Mercedes has been pushing hard for a wider rear tyre, which would better transfer the power and torque of a superior engine to the track.
Ferrari and Renault, on the other hand, are reportedly happy with the narrower status-quo. (GMM)
Local time 18:03
Grand Prix reports of Bahrein
|FP1: Raikkonen keeps his head cool in Bahrain heat|
|Apr 17, 13:00 - 14:30|
|Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has set the best time in the first free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Finn w...|
|FP2: Mercedes sets the pace under floodlight in Bahrain|
|Apr 17, 17:00 - 18:30|
|Mercedes has reclaimed the lead in the second free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg was one tenth fa...|
|FP3: Hamilton fastest in final practice Bahrain|
|Apr 18, 14:00 - 15:00|
|Lewis Hamilton has set the fastest time in the final free practice ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Brit beat Seb...|
|Hamilton clinches pole position for Bahrain Grand Prix|
|Apr 18, 17:00 - 18:00|
|Lewis Hamilton will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position. The Brit shares the first row on the grid with S...|
|Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix|
|Apr 19, 17:00 - 19:00|
|Lewis Hamilton has won the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Brit triumphed ahead of Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes...|
Give your opinion!
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes GP||126|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP||116|
Grand Prix Calendar