Max Verstappen’s view on Mercedes ‘party mode’ might surprise F1 fans

Max Verstappen's view on Mercedes 'party mode' might surprise F1 fans
Football News24/7 Max Verstappen has gone against the view of his Red Bull bosses and backed Mercedes’ use of a special engine setting known as ‘party mode’. After Lewis Hamilton romped to a commanding pole position at the Australian GP two weeks ago, many put his significant advantage down to a setting which allows his engine to produce a boost in power for a short period. The world champion himself had spoken about it in the build-up and dubbed it ‘party mode’ to suggest it as when the fun really started. But it wasn’t much fun for his rivals who were left taken aback and in the aftermath, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner called on the FIA to ban it by limiting the use of engine modes once qualifying begins. Being one of the most vocal regarding engine disparity, as his team’s supplier Renault has failed to close the performance gap to Mercedes during the hybrid era, you would expect Verstappen to echo that call but surprisingly, he did not. “I feel the same way, but, at the same time, one must be honest and understand that Mercedes did the job better than everyone else,” the Dutchman was quoted by PlanetF1 on Thursday in Bahrain. “Why should they lose their advantage? That would not be fair. Otherwise, everyone should just use the same engine, and I don’t think anyone wants that. “It should not be banned now, just because Mercedes is so competitive.” There remains some questions over just how influential the special engine mode is and even Sebastian Vettel played it down somewhat in the build-up to this weekend, though does admit the German manufacturer has an advantage. “We have enough clever people to know that we’re not quick enough yet,” said the Ferrari driver. “Lewis was controlling his pace in the beginning [in Australia] and pushed when he had to. He had time in hand. I think that’s the fair answer. “In qualifying also, the gap then looked a bit bigger than it probably should have been.” Hamilton focused a little more on the engine offering his opinion, believing Mercedes and Ferrari are “equal”. “They feel in the race, we might have a slight edge on them but I think it’s hard to say from one race,” he added. “They had a different run profile to us in the race, they were doing something different fuelling wise compared to us. It’s difficult. “You’ll get a much better idea of it in the coming races.” Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Max Verstappen’s view on Mercedes ‘party mode’ might surprise F1 fans