Was Ferrari sandbagging during testing at Jerez? Maybe so, as it emerges that the Maranello outfit did not have their new F14T cranked up to maximum power.
Auto Motor und Sport on Friday revealed that, having studied the data from the recent opening winter test, the top five places in terms of top speed were occupied by Mercedes-powered cars.
Topping the lot was the newly Mercedes-powered Williams of Felipe Massa, who tripped the radar at 286 km/h on the front straight, and 307 km/h on the fastest part of the southern Spanish circuit.
Over the four days the Ferrari F14T, with Kimi Raikkonena and Fernando Alonso at the wheel did a combined 252 laps, equivalent to 1116 kilometres around the former grand prix venue.
In contrast, the nearest Ferrari-powered car was the works Ferrari F14T driven by Kimi Raikkonen, with just 268 km/h on the straight and a top speed of 289 km/h, which was considerably down on the leading Mercedes-Benz powered car.
AM&S Michael Schmidt reports that Ferrari has admitted that they did not deploy full power at Jerez, where the all-new and sophisticated V6 turbo Power Units were getting their first real running.
Mercedes’ Niki Lauda, however, said there was no sandbagging in the silver camp.
“We went to the limit that we could, as it makes no sense to go deliberately slowly. You learn nothing [from that],” said the multiple F1 World Champion and Mercedes Team Chairman. (GMM)
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