On the weekend of the Turkish Grand Prix, the Mercedes showed a clear cut superiority on the opponents, so much so as to instill more than a doubt in the men of Red Bull. Christian Horner and Helmut Marko did not hide their suspicions about the top speed of the power units of the Silver Arrows, so much so that they publicly exposed themselves on 10/15 km / h more found by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, struggling to give themselves an explanation rational. Toto Wolff’s men did not reply to the insinuations of the opponents, and James Allison, technical director of the team, explained that what was seen on the Bosphorus was an impromptu event, favored by a series of unusual factors.
James Allison (Mercedes technical director): “I think it is difficult to take Turkey as a kind of yardstick for what awaits us for the rest of the season. It was certainly a very consistent weekend, we were strong in different conditions, from dry to wet, from free practice to qualifying up to the race. We have been strong this weekend. But it was an unusual place, with a unusual asphalt. One of our engineers explained that our tires always had a ‘magical’ temperature, not too hot, not too cold, on a particularly demanding asphalt. We knew we were particularly strong, but we were aware that the margin between being that strong and normal was very thin. A few degrees more or less would have sent us out of this ‘magical’ area. So it was a great performance and the car felt well balanced and we didn’t suffer from understeer. However, I don’t think that these feelings will be automatically reflected in the next races. To give a reading of the world championship it is better to consider the last six races. At Silverstone we brought a good development package to the car, which made our season better. Since then we have only been beaten in one race, and that was in Zandvoort. In the other grands prix we fought to be the fastest and in some races we went better, like Istanbul, but also Sochi or Monza. But it’s a coin toss more than a guarantee that you’ll always be the best from now on. We will certainly be fighting. There will be parameters other than speed to consider in these races, such as reliability, pit stops, weather: a full range of unexpected events that F1 can provide.