“In the next races we will pay attention to every single adhesive tape that falls off the car and ask questions,” the Viennese sends a declaration of war to Red Bull. Specifically, the Mercedes team boss means the adhesive tapes that the energy drink team used to tear makeshift repairs in the rear wing during qualifying in Mexico.
Wolff angrily: “There was once such a thing as a gentlemen’s agreement. Obviously there are no longer any gentlemen, which is why there is no longer any such thing. ”
At Red Bull, you see the Mercedes threat calmly. “Mr. Wolff talks a lot when the day is long”, Helmut Marko reacts to an ABMS inquiry. “Our cars were always legal at the technical inspection. In any case, we are not worried. “
The doctor of law also emphasizes: “Our request on Friday did not refer to the DRS mechanism, but to another area of the Mercedes rear wing. That one followed the other was pure coincidence. “
One thing is certain: If Red Bull has to worry, it is mainly because of the speed that Hamilton showed in the sprint with the new Mercedes engine. In the final overtaking maneuver against Lando Norris, it was 27 km / h faster on the straight than the McLaren, which is also powered by a Mercedes.
Red Bull’s motto for Sunday: “We have to pass Bottas, otherwise he will set the pace so that Lewis can catch up,” warns Marko. “The Austrian does not expect a race that will be decisive for the World Cup. “I am convinced that Hamilton will make it back to fourth place, maybe even further.”
The World Cup duel goes into the next round at 6 p.m. today.