Hamilton said following the session which Ferrari needed a “significant” advantage on the straights,” which left Mercedes searching for answers and attempting to check the impact of downforce levels and qualifying power manners.
However, asked if the total pattern was more closer to Barcelona testing than Melbourne, where Ferrari fought, Wolff said: ldquo;Testing has been very much different. It ended up being a coNFLict of cornering performance. However, in testing no body really runs the manners that are sexy. ”
“But again you want to take yourself through the nose and say are we overlooking something in terms of the way we’re calculating the downforce and haul levels?
“you have to check out the complete picture. We harbor ’t done anything different. ”
“there ’s a handful corners where they have been somewhat better.
“Generally, all the other corners are extremely similar and there’s a handful corners where we have been better so I would say the laptime gap originated from straight line.
“It’s a completely different picture to Melbourne as we’re identical or a better compared to those, so it’s a pretty big change, and also we all now had the exact identical power here compared to there.
“I think theyrsquo;t found something, and I would say the speed gap matches more or less exactly what we saw at winter testing. ”
He stated that a greater downforce degree could possibly be valuable in the race if it helped to look after the tyres.
“but you have to analyse it in greater detail, where precisely you are gaining and losing.
“Now there may be an edge in terms of preserving the tyre life, however on the other side you’re a little bit without the weapons on the straight. ”
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