Last weekend Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar GP in a dominant fashion, starting from pole and his first place was never compromised. With that, the world champion nibbles away a bit from his backlog of Verstappen to eight points.
The difference in top speed between the Mercedes W12 and the Red Bull RB16B was not as huge as the week before in Brazil but with the new track in Jeddah it seems that a track has been added where power will play a major role.
That is why Ralf Schumacher also thinks that under normal circumstances it is ‘cat in the cup’ for Lewis Hamilton, to put it in the words of a well-known Dutch football coach.
“The Mercedes is the more stable package at the moment,” the former F1 driver told ‘Sky Germany.’ “Max gives everything and shows how good he is but under normal circumstances he doesn’t stand a chance.”
Certain people believe that Mercedes mainly benefits from the fact that they drive with a flexible rear wing, whether legal or not. However, Schumacher does not believe in that, he thinks the Mercedes car is fast enough without cheating.
“I don’t assume that a team will deliberately flout the rules,” he said. “If you go close to the limit, something can always go wrong and you end up in gray areas.”
According to Schumacher, Verstappen may have to count on the luck that he was missing especially at the beginning of this season, such as during the abandonment due to a blowout in Azerbaijan.
“Maybe he’s lucky enough to come up short earlier this season. If he had had that from the start of the season, he would probably have been world champion by now.”
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