Red Bull doubts F1 engine parity claims

Apr.29 (GMM) Red Bull has questioned the FIA’s conclusion that engine performance has now been basically achieved in formula one.

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that, after the opening three races of 2017, the governing body analysed data that shows the gap between Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault is within an acceptable three-tenths per lap.

The report ties in with speculation straggling Honda may be given some help to catch up.

Sergio Perez, a Mercedes-powered Force India driver, agrees that engine parity between the top three manufacturers is close.

“Ferrari has caught up and Renault is not far away,” said the Mexican.

But Renault-powered Dr Helmut Marko has questioned the FIA’s methodology of having analysed the performance of the three engine makes over a series of laps.

“Probably the in and out laps,” he said sarcastically.

As for Perez’s claim that Renault has basically caught up to Mercedes, Marko told Auto Bild: “That’s what he said probably because (Renault’s) Nico Hulkenberg was faster in Bahrain than he was.”

Indeed, Marko may be referring to speculation that Hulkenberg – as the works Renault team’s top driver – is getting the pick of the French-made engines.

“These speculations cannot be dismissed,” said the Austrian.

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