Ferrari appear to have the edge when it comes to power unit grunt, but Mercedes chief Toto Wolff reckons his team’s strides in cornering were what made the difference on race day in China.
It had been anticipated Ferrari would be able to use the long straight to attack Mercedes at the start of the race – but that scenario didn’t materialise.
Instead, the two Mercedes – with Lewis Hamilton jumping polesitter Bottas – moved away from the field and ended up securing the team’s 47th one-two finish as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc simply didn’t have the pace to even get close to launching an attack.
READ MORE: The Winners and Losers of the Chinese Grand Prix “Yes [Ferrari’s pace came as a surprise] because I believe that their straight-line advantage, especially on the opening laps, would be a danger for us, and once DRS was enabled, even more,” said Wolff.
“As with every team, you need to get the balance right between the drag, power and downforce level.