godlameroso wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:13 pm
Ferrari was clearly faster around here last year, with Bottas edging out Vettel by the slimmest of margins. The Ferrari is a relatively stronger car than last year as evidenced by Canada, where they got trounced last year, but managed to take the win this year. So I think they have a slight edge, not to mention Pirelli isn't bringing the Mercedes control tire to Austria.
Ferrari had a distinctly different concept last year as well. I have a feeling Merc is going to be sneaky fast in Austria.
I also think Merc must've brought some "under-the-skin" upgrades to France (aside from the PU upgrade). Toto alluded to such a few times.
Irrespective of the thinner-tread tires, I think Merc has been tirelessly working behind the scenes in an endeavor to better switch on the softer compounds for qualifying, which was Merc's single biggest weakness early in the season.
The lap around Austria is such a short one, it is really going to come down to the drivers and engineers and who can make the fewest mistakes. It's important here in qualifying to get as much space as possible on the hot laps.