sandman1347 wrote: Exediron wrote: pokerman wrote:
stevey wrote:No mate quite the opposite, the engine in the merc is the best in the field.
Says who exactly it's not been the best since last year.
Yeah, the 'Mercedes engine advantage' talk just won't die, but in reality that hasn't been the source of their dominance/victory since 2016 IMO. Ferrari were already on par in 2017, and probably ahead in 2018.
A good way to chart the engine dominance is to look at the customers. From 2014 to present, it's quite noticeable that the Mercedes customer teams followed a downward trajectory while the Ferrari customers went up. With rules in place to severely limit the ability of manufacturers to supply a differing spec of engine, that's as good a barometer of engine strength as you'll find.
As long as Mercedes keep winning people will keep singing that same tune. Even if they win because Ferrari bottle it and even if they are 5 kph slower on straights you will still hear talk of dominance stemming from the engine. Someone will have to beat them to the title for this narrative to end. That's how people's brains work.
That's true, people do get stuck, you can see it in here, so imagine the casual viewers!
But equally, a stronger engine never guaranteed wins in the modern era, nor being faster in the straight. It's the twisty parts that always made up for the best laps and there's no better example than RB or Mercedes currently, or even Benetton in the mid 90's, Ferrari in the late 90's, etc. So I find it equally misleading people tooting Ferrari being the best engined car because they get a few more ponies. It does not guarantee anything if they get the aero and balance wrong, let alone the reliability. The other Ferrari teams do not fair much better either in the F1.5 category, they are mid-pack.
Overall Merc is winning because they have an ace driver, his team mate that so far has upped his game from the last few years, they have an engine that's not far off from the top in BHP and very reliable, one of the most aero-balanced cars and a team that runs like a well oiled Swiss watch. I do not buy into excuses from the Ferrari team, apart from getting their aero-wrong, that is well recorded now. As Vettel said, their car is good, they just can't extract everything from it; no excuses really.
It may be too late to change the aero philosophy of the car now, but I'm praying that maybe they can work with what they have a bit better. For the good of the show!