Mercedes' bad days have changed. Last year, when it narrowly edged Ferrari over the course of the Formula 1 season, it lost a massive chunk of performance in Monaco.
The champion team slipped to third-best, its performance, percentage-wise, dropped a whopping 0.596%: in other terms, more than half a second around a 90-second lap. It was a phenomenon not unexpected of a longer wheelbase car prioritised to medium/high-speed corners and a straightline speed edge that had become tradition in the V6 turbo-hybrid engine era, encountering a track that featured few of the elements that design concept thrived on.
This year, in Monaco, Mercedes remained the benchmark team. In Canada, Ferrari's top-speed advantage helped it overhaul Mercedes over one lap, but only just. Then in the race, the Mercedes looked faster, even though Lewis Hamilton's win was the result of a controversial time penalty for Sebastian Vettel.