Mercedes doesn't know why Ferrari's Monza F1 speed edge disappeared

Mercedes says it does not know why Ferrari's straightline speed advantage disappeared during Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix weekend

Mercedes doesn't know why Ferrari's Monza F1 speed edge disappeared

Ferrari has a slight power advantage currently, and its performance has been further boosted by an energy deployment characteristic that allows it to accelerate much better out of corners.

A speed edge in the early phase of straights prompted questions from Mercedes earlier this year about the legality of Ferrari's double battery system, but the FIA gave the Italian team the all clear.

After turning the tables on Ferrari in a thrilling race at Monza, Mercedes says one of its tasks is to understand why its cars were suddenly a match for Ferrari just a day after its rival held a clear advantage in the battle for pole.

Asked if the team knew why there was nothing separating Ferrari and Mercedes in top speeds in the race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "No, I don't understand it.

"The performance pattern has completely changed from yesterday to today [Sunday], and I haven't got an explanation yet.

"Maybe the clever people around Shov [Andrew Shovlin, chief race engineer] will know, but I think we just need to analyse it."

Wolff suspects part of the answer may come from Ferrari being able to run certain engine modes in qualifying that it does not have available in the race.

"It looks like the performance that they are able to deploy on one lap is maybe something they cannot replicate throughout the race," he said.

"I don't want to go any further because it could be read in another way that I am trying to find excuses, but they have certainly had a very, very good car [on Saturday] and a good car [on Sunday].

"But we haven't seen Sebastian [Vettel] perform in a car without any damage."

Wolff also suggested that some of the explanation behind Mercedes being able to take the fight to Ferrari a week after it was defeated in Belgium came from its own progress.

"I am very proud of the work the team have done, all the engine guys and the chassis guys from Spa to Monza," added Wolff.

"We have understood the car better [and] understood the tyres better.

"We have added some performance and, even if Saturday didn't show it because we couldn't qualify on pole, I felt that we've done some good work over the last couple of days.

"And I would have also said that if he hadn't have won."

shares
comments
Why the Haas F1 car floor was ruled illegal in Italian Grand Prix
Previous article

Why the Haas F1 car floor was ruled illegal in Italian Grand Prix

Next article

What's left to sort in F1's crazy 2019 driver market

What's left to sort in F1's crazy 2019 driver market
Grading F1's 2022 drivers at half-term Plus

Grading F1's 2022 drivers at half-term

Over the first 13 races of Formula 1's new ground effects era, Max Verstappen has surged into the lead in the world championship over Charles Leclerc. But as the 2022 season prepares to roar back into life, who stacks up as the top of the class, and who must do better? We graded every driver based on their performances so far

The 10 stories to watch out for across the rest of the 2022 F1 season Plus

The 10 stories to watch out for across the rest of the 2022 F1 season

It’s 13 down, nine to go as the Formula 1 teams pause for breath in the summer break. But what can we expect to happen over the next three months from Belgium to Abu Dhabi? Here's the key storylines to keep an eye out for the rest of the 2022 season

Formula 1
Aug 18, 2022
The inconvenient truth about F1’s ‘American driver’ dream Plus

The inconvenient truth about F1’s ‘American driver’ dream

OPINION: The Formula 1 grid's wait for a new American driver looks set to continue into 2023 as the few remaining places up for grabs - most notably at McLaren - look set to go elsewhere. This is despite the Woking outfit giving tests to IndyCar aces recently, showing that the Stateside single-seater series still has some way to go to being seen as a viable feeder option for F1

Formula 1
Aug 17, 2022
How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge Plus

How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge

While creating a car that is woefully off the pace is a nightmare scenario for any team, it inadvertently generates the test any engineering department would relish: to turn it into a winner. As Mercedes takes on that challenge in Formula 1 this season, McLaren’s former head of vehicle engineering reveals how the team pulled of the feat in 2009 with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Aug 15, 2022
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

Formula 1
Aug 13, 2022
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022