The Belgian GP was the last weekend the teams can use different engine modes between quali and race, so from Monza on only one mode can be used (aside from quali in/out laps and during a safety car).
https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/15169 ... -it-banned
Toto seems to think it will help them in the race, so maybe they'll lose a bit of quali pace but their race pace will be even stronger?
So far this season Merc have had on average a 0.838s advantage over the best non-Merc, but in Q1 that figure is only 0.235s. I think everyone has seen that Q2 is where Merc usually start using the party mode.Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said in light of the new rules, the ban on party modes may give the team more in hand as the engine is less stressed by running at full capacity in qualifying.
"We struggled in some of the races where we were quite limited in powerful engine modes, and if Formula 1 were to ban, in-season, certain power unit modes, then I think it will actually help us in the race.
"If you can avoid to damage your power unit in those few qualifying laps that you have available, in Q3 and then the odd lap in the race, the damage metrics goes down dramatically.
"So five laps of quali mode not being done gives us 25 laps of more performance in the race, and that is something we believe will give us more performance.
"You must take into effect even if it may hurt us more in qualifying, which I'm not sure, and it's a couple of tenths, then it will hurt all the others in the same way.
"But for us, we are always very marginal on what we can extract from the power unit, and if we were to be limited in qualifying modes, then well, we will be stronger in the race."
Looks like the rest of the season especially Max will be closer to pole and at least splitting the Mercs more often. Thoughts?
Also I think Toto is downplaying their party mode, its superiority seems to be around 6 tenths over the rest of the field, and not "a couple of tenths".