Mercedes was gentler on its tyres in Bahrain, which probably came as a surprise to them. Bottas went further than Vettel on SS, and Mercedes was faster than Ferrari on slower tyres in the second stint. Mercedes just got outsmarted on strategy in that race, and lack of aggression from Bottas.Sierra117 wrote: ↑Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:46 pmI'm not a trained engineer so I'm prolly gonna say weird stuff but it is a bit of an anti climax to see the car isn't as fast as was made to believe in the reports. I thought it would blitz past in Bahrain with the long straights and the tighter body of the car without needing to use higher engine modes.
Instead we have Ferrari who got pole and the win, having better mechanical grip and being gentler on tyres while incorporating Merc's long wheelbase design. Hopefully the Barcelona updates are good.
Btw what was that oil coming out from the back of the Ferraris? Is that rerouted to avoid the whole oil burning thing? Shouldn't a car spraying oil into the road making it slippery be illegal?
Bahrain was a weak track for them last year and they are clearly stronger there this year than they were last year.