LM10 wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:41 pm
Sharnlarry wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:38 pm
It was indeed a new 2020 spec engine
There was one live-ticker writing that some teams in the paddock claimed Bottas' Mercedes was running a 2020 spec test engine with 2 tenths a lap advantage.
ted kravitz mentioned something on air during one of the sessions this weekend, and i assume a lot of other people just copied or paraphrased what he said.
I don't remember exactly what he said, but it was based on a conversation he had with Andy Cowell. I believe it was something along the lines of Bottas was using an engine that used some concepts similar to the 2020 spec, and that would be worth up to 2 tenths a lap.
My interpretation of this, would be that they ran a 2019 spec 3 engine with 2020 spec 1 software/mappings. Running an actual 2020 spec motor is unlikely in my opinion as it would most likely require different packaging and cooling, since Mercedes is rumored to be making a big change.