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Helmut Marko: It was like Mercedes were driving with DRS open in Turkey

PlanetF1 11 October, 2021 - 06:23pm

Date published: October 11 2021 - Michelle Foster

Valtteri Bottas put in a dominant display at the Turkish Grand Prix, the Finn leading almost from lights to flag while Max Verstappen had a lonely Sunday in second place.

The Dutchman wasn’t able to challenge Bottas off the line and, once the race got going, never looked as if he could close the gap to the Finn to fight for the win.

Such was Mercedes’ pace advantage at the Istanbul circuit that Red Bull advisor Marko says it was like they had the DRS open permanently.

“We have to think of something, because Mercedes are so fast on the straights,” the Austrian told ORF. “They were almost 15km/h faster here, like when you drive with DRS.

“It’s been like this since Silverstone and the gap is only getting bigger…

“That engine superiority, I don’t know what it is and what we can do about it. We need to optimise our chassis even more so that we can balance it out again somewhat.”

Verstappen agrees that Red Bull need to improve their pace if he hopes to claim a first World title.

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But while Bottas romped to a comfortable win, Verstappen’s P2 on the day meant he regained the lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

He is six points up on Lewis Hamilton with six races remaining.

Verstappen was given a helping hand on Sunday by his team-mate Sergio Perez.

Not only did the Mexican driver finish P3, out-scoring Hamilton, he also spent two laps battling the Mercedes driver for track position, a battle that Perez won.

“That was the best [result] for us,” Marko added.

“As you could see, tyre management was the most important thing. We didn’t take risks and always took it easy.

“Checo drove a fantastic race and we regained the lead in the World Championship. We’re very satisfied.

“Hamilton recovered excellently. We had fears that he would try an undercut and we wanted to stay ahead of that.

“Perez’s pace was good and he even had a chance to go for the fastest lap, but we didn’t want to risk anything.”

Marko applauded his drivers and Red Bull’s strategists for getting it right in what were tricky conditions with the track almost ready for slicks but not quite.

He added: “The drivers were informed regularly. The problem was the left-front tyre and the temperature, graining and how much rubber was left on the tyre.

“They were constantly informed and reacted very well to that by adjusting their driving behaviour, without losing any lap time.”

Lammers: 'Verstappen was vulnerable this weekend because of that problem'

GPblog 11 October, 2021 - 11:33am

"I think when they were on the plane in the evening, that's when they thought, 'we do have work to do'. If you also saw the differences on the straight line in speed between the Mercedes and the Red Bull, that's not something that just goes up in smoke", Lammers says in the NOS Formula 1-podcast. Verstappen said after the race that he was happy with his second place behind Valtteri Bottas, because there was not more in it because of the lack of speed.

Throughout the weekend, the Dutchman suffered from understeer. According to Lammers, this makes the race much more difficult compared to oversteer and made Verstappen more vulnerable. "The difficulty goes up, because he had quite a bit of understeer from time to time this weekend both on a dry track and on the slippery track. He steers in, but it doesn't react the way you want it to."

"Then on top of that, you become much more vulnerable, because if you have a little bit of understeer, then you become very vulnerable when you still want to push to stay with Bottas, for example. Then you tend to brake too late in relation to the understeer and then the understeer becomes even worse. In short, understeer is really annoying, because you can't do much with it. With oversteer you can still dose it a bit and be careful on the throttle", says Lammers.

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Verstappen should be worried: 'He won't be happy about that'

GPblog 11 October, 2021 - 02:34am

The Dutchman qualified in third place on Saturday, but due to the grid penalty incurred by his rival Lewis Hamilton he was allowed to start from second place. Thanks to an excellent performance by teammate Sergio Pérez Verstappen managed to keep Hamilton behind him and regain the lead. The final places do hide something though, says Windsor on his YouTube channel.

Mercedes made another high-profile decision at the end of the race by bringing Hamilton in for a tyre change. It meant the seven-time world champion moved from third to fifth place.

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Debate | Mercedes now have the fastest car at the end of the season

GPblog 11 October, 2021 - 01:02am

The expectation was that Red Bull would have a fast car at Istanbul Park, but nothing was further from the truth. Already from Friday Mercedes showed to be very fast on this track and Verstappen didn't come close to the times of his rivals all weekend.

In terms of top speed, Mercedes were 15 to 20bhp faster than Red Bull on the straights. Christian Horner informed the FIA that he has asked them a number of questions. The team boss wants the FIA to stay sharp so that everything is within the regulations. According to Helmut Marko it is unbelievable how much power Mercedes suddenly found.

With only six races to go, it remains exciting in the championship. The gap between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is only six points. Every point counts and Verstappen himself hopes that there are still strong circuits ahead for the Red Bull car. The question is whether Red Bull can keep up with Mercedes' pace in the upcoming races. It seems that Mercedes has found something extra in the final phase of the season.

What do you think of the statement: 'Mercedes now has the fastest car at the end of the season'? Let us know in the poll below and join the discussion in the comment section.

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Debate | Mercedes now have the fastest car at the end of the season

GPblog 11 October, 2021 - 01:02am

The expectation was that Red Bull would have a fast car at Istanbul Park, but nothing was further from the truth. Already from Friday Mercedes showed to be very fast on this track and Verstappen didn't come close to the times of his rivals all weekend.

In terms of top speed, Mercedes were 15 to 20bhp faster than Red Bull on the straights. Christian Horner informed the FIA that he has asked them a number of questions. The team boss wants the FIA to stay sharp so that everything is within the regulations. According to Helmut Marko it is unbelievable how much power Mercedes suddenly found.

With only six races to go, it remains exciting in the championship. The gap between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is only six points. Every point counts and Verstappen himself hopes that there are still strong circuits ahead for the Red Bull car. The question is whether Red Bull can keep up with Mercedes' pace in the upcoming races. It seems that Mercedes has found something extra in the final phase of the season.

What do you think of the statement: 'Mercedes now has the fastest car at the end of the season'? Let us know in the poll below and join the discussion in the comment section.

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