(Motorsport-Total.com) – Although Mercedes refrained from equipping Lewis Hamilton with the freshest and most powerful engine at Losail, the Briton won the Qatar Grand Prix confidently ahead of his title rival Max Verstappen from Red Bull.

The fresher Brazilian engine is to be used in Saudi Arabia


The latest engine, with which Hamilton drove for the first time in Brazil, is to be used again on the new high-speed line in Saudi Arabia, as the team from Brackley has confirmed. It can be driven with a higher output because it is so fresh and does not have to last as long as other units.

The hopes for Saudi Arabia are therefore high, says Andrew Shovlin, head of the Mercedes engineering team: “We have seen quite large fluctuations in performance in the last few races, but when we look at the track in Saudi Arabia, I think that it is us For Lewis we have the more powerful engine in the car, so that will be very useful. “

Wolff: “Best equipment for Saudi Arabia”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also believes that the new course in Saudi Arabia should suit the car better, especially with regard to the engine situation. “It should be a good track for us, but we know from this year’s experience that it can also turn out the other way around,” Wolff told Sky.

“But there are long straights and we will get our best equipment for Saudi Arabia. Hopefully Valtteri can be at the front because we need him, but if everyone finishes the race, it will definitely go to Abu Dhabi.”

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Wolff is addressing the close fight for the title in both the drivers ‘and the constructors’ championships. With two races left, Verstappen is eight points ahead of Hamilton, Mercedes is five points ahead of Red Bull.

Why Mercedes drove with an old engine in Qatar

Chief Engineer Shovlin explains that Mercedes decided against the more powerful engine in Qatar because the advantages in Losail would not have been so great due to the lack of straights. “There are two engines that we drive. Here we had the weaker of the two in the car, which was due to the nature of the track. So we’re well positioned in this regard at the moment,” he says.

But despite the confidence that the fresher engine brings with it, Shovlin is aware that Mercedes shouldn’t be complacent and automatically expect that the weekend in Saudi Arabia will fall to the team.

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“The track should suit the car, but in Austin we felt we should be able to put together a decent set-up and take on the fight with Red Bull and they had a bit of an advantage there,” explains he.

Shovlin: Mercedes is as well prepared as possible

“So we’re always cautious when we go into a race and think that everything will work out in our favor. But we know what to do right with the set-up, what to do right with the tires and how they work, and we’ll deal with that in the next few days. “

“This will ensure that we take every opportunity we can to arrive in good shape,” assured Shovlin. “Because when you arrive in good shape on a new track, that’s a big advantage in the learning curve. If you have a good car, you can only improve it from there.”

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