On the occasion of the last Turkish Grand Prix, the world challenge between the Mercedes and Red Bull it continued and was consumed both on the track and in the paddock. In addition to the success of Bottas in Istanbul, followed on the podium by the new leader of the world classification Verstappen, the two teams did not spare each other constant back and forth throughout the weekend; to arouse this climate of enormous tension and controversy was in particular the Austrian house, which highlighted the remarkable power and speed of the Mercedes on the Turkish track.
Without admitting it openly, Red Bull has hinted that the power unit of the German rival was so high that it appeared suspicious. In the days following the race, the same adviser from the Milton Keynes team, Helmut Marko, wanted to definitively clarify the team’s real intentions and approach to this topic, thus explaining them to the microphones of F1-insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal – said the Austrian manager – but there is still something odd about Silverstone. So, now it is up to us to understand why they have suddenly become so fast ”.
“Is it just a question of the engine or is there something else? We will work day and night to try to understand and interpret this secret as soon as possible. It depends on us”. The technical gap between the two teams worries the manager himself, who fears that the gap seen in Turkey could recur: “If there are the differences in performance we saw in Istanbul – he continued – this will be a real problem. Of the six races that remain on the program, only Mexico and Brazil can be in our favor, as both are on high ground. For the moment, however, the rest of the appointments are in favor of Mercedes ”.
In addition to this challenge with the Silver arrows, Marko finally responded to rumors related to a possible change of frame on the Verstappen car in view of the next United States Grand Prix, thanks to the understeer problems encountered in the last round of the world championship: “Max complained of continued understeer which we were unable to resolve – he concluded – but we will continue to fight. Furthermore, it is good to see him so relaxed even though he finds himself in this particular situation where the title is at stake. He manages to remain very calm while underlining the disadvantages we have at the moment ”.