MrPotatoHead wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:50 am
A sceptic would say Mercedes are down on power because of the “oil burn” restrictions.
Or if you never believed the oil burn was contributing as much as most here suggested you would say Ferrari caught up.
Well, guess what AMuS just reported?
They claim that Ferrari was more or less even, to just ahead of Mercedes at Australia.
It also says that from Bahrain, Mercedes decided to switch to a new (or rather old, from 2016, if I read correctly) oil, and
to cut down on oil use from 0.58l/100km to the 0.1-0.2 levels that Honda and Renault use.
Apparently that reduction is to be sure they weren't under some circumstances 'accidentally' above the 0.6l/100km limit that the FIA now rigorously checks, and thus (caught at being?) illegal. Ferrari still uses up to 0.6l/100km, and thus have more power now (but possible also more risk).