Red Bull are just as sure that something is amiss about the pace of the Mercedes as they were about Ferrari's pace in 2019 (we know how that turned out) Arguably they are more sure about the Mercedes now than they were about the Ferrari back then.
On the Mercedes pace in Brazil Christian Horner said the following:
"Obviously it is something, it is something that is enabling the car to do that kind of speed, you know that umm, something must happen. Physics wouldn't allow the kind of horsepower delta that you would need to achieve that."
"Hamilton was 27 km/h faster than Lando when he passed him, which is another formula"
After Lewis overtook Max, he increased the gap by 9s over the next 12 laps. That's an average of over 7 tenths per lap. Mark Hughes wrote a piece which was quoted in the build up thread where Merc had increased the gap not just between them and RB but also to the other teams by double the seasonal average. Some of the overtakes yesterday made it look like other cars were standing still, including on cars which had DRS themselves!
The point is, Mercedes has done something big to the car. This isn't just a small tweak. It is something on the level of DAS or Ferrari's fuel meter. Some grey rule that they are exploiting. And something that could very well be banned if its found out on. Now the problem here is, they have introduced this at the very end of the season in a tight points race.
What if the innovation they did is a deemed a violation of the rules by the FIA ? After Hamilton wins the next 2 races and all but seals the championship ? This could turn into a nasty legal battle. The previous grey rules that Mercedes and Ferrari got themselves into, had no baring on the championship. So it didn't really matter. But this is totally different.
If Ferrari took the lead in the championship with 3 races to go, and the pace was all the result of the ̶i̶l̶l̶e̶g̶a̶l̶ ̶ questionable fuel flow meter , do they get to keep it ? We see how fast they are without it. That would be a stolen championship.
I guess we will find out. Interesting times ahead.
Edited by YamahaV10, 15 November 2021 - 04:08.