Just like in previous years, Mercedes is again very dominant this year. The German team managed to win four of the five races and to date has won all pole positions of the season. The team has a very strong party mode, which gives them a lot more speed during qualifying. However, this could soon change. It was announced yesterday that the FIA plans to abolish qualifying mode, which should ensure a more level playing field. This measure should take effect from the Grand Prix of Belgium and could therefore turn the Mercedes season upside down.
While Mercedes seems to be the big loser in such a decision, Red Bull Racing could come out as the big winner. That is also the opinion of Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko, who has criticized the qualifying mode for a long time. “Mercedes’ party mode is really strong,” Marko tells RTL.de. “During qualifying, that bike is good for seventh to a full second compared to the number two.”
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The Austrian also does not expect Red Bull to have a chance of a pole position in Spain: “In Barcelona we do not come close because there are two straights on that track,” he explains. “It may not be possible in Barcelona, but after the technical changes it may be possible to compete for pole position at Spa-Francorchamps,” concluded Marko.