Red Bull has claimed that they were met with ignorance from the FIA after they filed a complaint regarding Mercedes’ trick, as reported by Auto, Motor und Sport.
Red Bull complained to the FIA that Mercedes had been employing a trick to cool the plenum of their car. According to them, they are strategically placing their sensors to display temperatures different to what it actually is. As a result, they claimed Mercedes were getting a power and pace boost on the straights.
The FIA apparently ignored their complaint and did nothing about it. As it stands, Red Bull trail Mercedes in both championship standings, and some part of them will attribute a bit of it to this situation.
Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko believes that the battle must be won on track if the FIA is not going to side with them. He previewed the Mercedes versus Red Bull rivalry, and said that it will go right down to the wire.
“It differs very much from circuit to circuit who is better at handling the chassis,” Marko explained.
“It’s difficult to predict who’s favourite for Turkey, but after Turkey, there are three races in our favour with Austin, Mexico and Brazil.”
Pick your spots
Those assumptions will be music to the ears of Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Although Red Bull are favourites on paper, nothing is certain in the sport. This season itself has seen many upsets and unusual results, so Red Bull being favourites is a preview at best.
Mercedes will fancy their chances in Turkey, and especially in the United States of America. America has been Mercedes’ playground over the years, and they will want to maximise their opportunity there.
Red Bull, meanwhile, will look to round off the American triple-header with two wins in Mexico and Brazil.