Red Bull F1 Leaders “I’m not worried about Hamilton’s” rocket “engine”[F1-Gate .com]

Helmut Marko, Red Bull F1 Motorsports Advisor, suspects Lewis Hamilton will not benefit so much from a “rocket” engine at the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix next weekend.

Lewis Hamilton suffered a grid demotion penalty for launching a new engine at the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix, but actually won the race with an advantage of up to 30kpm straight.

The new Mercedes engine, which Helmut Marko calls a “rocket,” was not actually used in the F1 Qatar Grand Prix.

“In Qatar, it turns out that Lewis Hamilton’s speed advantage on the straight is no longer that great.” It was more or less normal, “Helmut Marko told f1-insider.com.

“This is due to the fact that after more rigorous testing by the FIA, Mercedes was unable to use its highly flexible rear wing,” Helmut Marko claimed.

Mercedes F1 has challenged the allegedly flexible wing claim, but Helmut Marko is more relaxed about Max Verstappen’s only eight-point advantage in the remaining two races. Seems to be there.

“Mercedes will use the rocket engine again in Saudi Arabia, but it will not be able to lower the wings, so it should not have the advantage of 0.4 seconds,” Helmut Marko said.

Hermann Tilke, who designed the Jeddah street circuit, also doubts that Saudi Arabia’s very long straights will give Mercedes a clear advantage.

“A powerful engine is useful, but there are some fast corners that can actually give Red Bull an advantage with the right setup,” Hermann Tilke said.

Former F1 driver Marc Surer agrees, “How often did you think the truck was suitable for Mercedes and Red Bull this season and the opposite?”

“We trust Max’s strength on the street circuit,” says Helmut Marko.

“He won Monaco and was clearly dominant in Baku before the tires punctured, not his own fault.”

“I think drivers can make all the difference in Saudi Arabia.”

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