Consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko admitted that a bluff from Ferrari’s pre-season tests in Barcelona very worried about RBR.
On the penultimate day of tests Sebastian Vettel has slowed down a bit at the exit of the last turn to not show the true speed SF70H.
Marco is sure that only a very confident team can do it.
“Ferrari is strong enough and reliable in comparison with last year, Marko admitted in an interview with Servus TV. – The fact that I know Vettel. He deliberately lifted his foot off the gas on the straight, anyone can confirm.
When a driver does so, no doubt – he is very confident in the car and knows his strengths.”
On the tests Ferrari was faster than his nearest rival by 0.7 seconds, but this comparison may be incorrect.
“So far, nobody has told, – continued Marco. – The extra ten kilograms of fuel slows the car on 0.35 seconds. Moreover, all the different mapping of the engine. Here, the difference may reach even seconds.
So far nothing is known, but if the race would have passed the same weather conditions as in Barcelona, then Ferrari would be ahead.”
During the tests with RBR a few times it was problems caused by the unreliable Renault engine. But Marco is optimistic before Australia.
“We have several times experienced some unpleasant moments – continued the Austrian. Or rather, each time having the same problem, so we are unable to achieve their desired goals.
In Melbourne traditionally it will bring a lot of new parts. Will be the only livery”.
Marco also commented on the results of rookie Mercedes Valtteri Bottas: “After Barcelona, it became clear that Bottas nerovnya Hamilton. If Mercedes will continue to dominate, it is unlikely that they will always take the doubles.
So that others can easily drive a wedge between Mercedes drivers”.
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