from Mathias Brunner – 10.10.2019 17:01
Mercedes-Benz has arrived in Japan with some aerodynamic improvements. Objective: Ferrari take the upper hand and secure the sixth Constructors Cup in a row.
Mercedes-Benz is without a win in the era of the Formula One turbo hybrid, and can pair Ferrari this weekend: six titles in a row. The fact that drivers from the same team win six World Cup titles at the same time would be incompatible. In 2014 and 2015 Lewis Hamilton became world champion, 2016 was Nico Roberg's turn, Hamilton won again in 2017 and 2018. In 2019 he is moving on to his third consecutive title and his sixth overall ranking.
In Suzuki, 82-time GP winner Hamilton may not yet be the world champion, but his team. A double victory in Sochi with Hamilton ahead of Valtteri Bottas means: Mercedes-Benz stands at 571 points, Ferrari at 409. If Silver Arrow builds its championship lead in Suzuki with 14 points at Ferrari, then four races before the end are again champions.
Mercedes-Benz wants to put the latest aerodynamic improvements to the title: they are made up of a new front wing, refined lateral air deflectors, other wings and a new diffuser (the rear end of the chassis grows towards the rear). Such Evo packages tear even the benefits of a Mercedes up its sleeve. Improvements were made a few months ago, so it was not clear that after the summer break, Ferrari would be in pole position four times and win three races.
Valtteri Bottas at Suzuka Circle Paddle: "Progress should be quite striking. We will take the train on Friday and then we will see."
Mercedes is undefeated in the era of Formula One turbohydro in Suzuki: Lewis Hamilton won here in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, and Nico Rosberg won in 2016. Mercedes is also on the flight from 2014-2014 to 2016 with Rosberg, 2017 and 2018 with Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas: "Ferrari will continue to dominate the battlefields. But hopefully the improvements can grow, so the bottom line is ahead."
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