Mercedes F1 Boss Claims Ferrari Have The Fastest Car On The Grid

It’s been a very long time since anybody has been able to go toe to toe with Mercedes-AMG Petronas in Formula 1. Now, however, it seems as though Ferrari are doing more than just matching their rivals’ pace.

Even last year, when Sebastian Vettel looked very strong during the first half of the season, Mercedes managed to show that their car was better than the Ferrari. The fact that things have seemingly changed is very refreshing for the sport.

Vettel’s victory in Belgium was an extremely important one. First, it helped him get closer to Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Standings, and second, it showed Mercedes that the Scuderia actually has a straight line speed advantage.

“When I look at the race I see many deficits,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. “It is the slow speed, and it is the traction. Plus clearly, compared to the Ferraris and the Red Bulls and the Force Indias, [we were] the car that was cooking the tires the most.”

The Mercedes exec went on to say that Ferrari “have a power advantage,” according to Autosport. “We saw that in qualifying that their power advantage is on various parts of the straight, and you can see that even if the [corner] exists are worse than ours, their engine keeps pulling.”

“So yes, we can see that they have a slight power advantage.”

Wolff also mentioned that it could all be related to how Ferrari run their engines and how they are calibrated. He quickly dismissed the notion that any trickery might be at play, which is what Lewis Hamilton seemed to imply following Vettel’s victory at Spa.

While Wolff doesn’t think that his team can suddenly make up the deficit to their rivals over night, he is hopeful that they can continue to improve throughout the season, optimizing the way in which they run their engines.

Next weekend’s race at Monza will see Mercedes introduce a new aerodynamics package. Whether or not that will be enough for them to compete with Ferrari on the circuit’s extremely long straights is something we’re looking forward to seeing.

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  • ChrisInIL

    Louie is right. Ferrari does have some trickery in their car, and it’s called Sebastian Vettel.

    Hamilton has been off his game this summer, and had some bad luck. He’ll get back on the horse, and Mercedes will pull out the stops. Only this time, they’ll have a bit more competition.

    • Kagan

      No it ain’t vettel it is the car, legal or illegal.

      • ChrisInIL

        That’s quite a declarative statement from someone who either doesn’t watch F1, or doesn’t know anything about it.

        • Kagan

          Obviously you know nothing about everything, kindergarden!

          • ChrisInIL

            Excellent retort! I’m sorry I hurt your feelings.

            There is a race weekend coming up. Keep an eye on the red car up at the front of the pack, and watch what he does and how he drives.

            There very well may be a silver car at the front too. Watch him and how he drives.

            Then you’ll learn a lot about Formula 1.

          • Kagan

            a lot for kindergarden!

          • ChrisInIL

            Or maybe you won’t learn anything….I don’t know.

            I still have hope.

          • Kagan

            Don’t leave the sandbox it is dangerous for you.

          • ChrisInIL

            I give you the opportunity to prove me wrong, and you neglect it. So sad.

          • Kagan

            You have proved your self! Sad for you!

          • ChrisInIL

            Repeating, then parroting. Interesting. I’m curious – what do you hope to accomplish with these tactics?

          • Kagan

            You describe your self very good!

          • ChrisInIL

            Sure, in your wold – I probably do.

            That doesn’t answer my question, though.

          • Kagan

            In the real world not your sandbox.

          • ChrisInIL

            I pity you for going through life so afraid. You have my sympathy.

          • Kagan

            Ones again you describe your self, that is an ism!

          • ChrisInIL

            Thank you for proving my point.

          • Kagan

            You prove your self everytime!

  • Six_Tymes

    their engine keeps pulling.”

    GO FERRARI!

  • Kagan

    Who said illegal!
    Yes Ferrari employ Mercedes enginneers! Infact they are nothing from their own companies they just buy them!

    • ChrisInIL

      You said illegal. Just look further up the thread – it’s right there. No….a bit higher. There! See it?

      Kagan > ChrisInIL • 3 days ago
      No it ain’t vettel it is the car, legal or illegal.

      • Kagan

        I know it is hard at sandbox level to understand, complete elementary school and then come back!

        • ChrisInIL

          I challenge you to try a different taunt. I can’t believe you enjoy repeating the same ones over and over. Go ahead, I can take it.

          • Kagan

            Neither do I about you!

          • ChrisInIL

            Wow, that was pathetic. What else to you have?

          • Kagan

            For you pathetic it is ok.

          • ChrisInIL

            See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? Good job!

          • Kagan

            You forgot to applaud!

          • ChrisInIL

            No, but I did put a gold star next to your name in my book.

          • Kagan

            Just one, 5.

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