If everyone had a Mercedes engine in 2015, would they win? No, would be the quick answer as Williams, Force India and Lotus all struggled to make the most of their expensive engine supply investment. I say that, of course, tongue in cheek as Williams and Force India did pretty well but they didn’t win.
According to Daniel Ricciardo, had he been fitted with a Mercedes engine post-Budapest, he’d have won:
“Since Hungary, the car not only performed better, but it was easier to set up,” Ricciardo said.
“Our Friday evenings finished so much earlier.
“It’s like 2014, it’s been in that window. We either found the window or the window just expanded.
“The signs were there at Silverstone, but Budapest was really where it turned.
“I’d honestly say from Budapest, if we had a Merc in the back we would’ve won a few races, to say the least.”
Fact is, I actually believe him as the chassis may have been one of the better pieces of kit on the grid…along with its sister chassis, the Toro Rosso.
It’s hard to know for certain how good a chassis is if it struggles with an engine that creates a serious case of drivability issues but suffice it to say, I think the Red Bull would have made the most of the situation. So does Mercedes and Ferrari as they were not keen to supply current spec engine to the team in 2016.
To that point, just how effective do you think Red Bull will be with a white-label Renault engine in 2016? Chances are the team has already written the season off, as far as winning titles, and set a goal of as many points as possible so as to recoup a big chunk of their spend in 2016.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT