May 20 (GMM) Mercedes has never been more dominant in F1.
That is the view of Red Bull team official Dr Helmut Marko, who said the recent post Spanish GP test in Barcelona was a perfect example of Mercedes’ superiority.
In the test, Nikita Mazepin – whose father is a billionaire – was fastest at the wheel of the 2019 Mercedes.
“That a second-rate Formula 2 driver can do that right off the bat shows how superior Mercedes is. More superior than ever,” Marko told Auto Bild.
He continued: “What surprised me more was that Mercedes did not try to stop Mazepin from doing the fastest time. Because now their dominance is really clear.”
Marko is now predicting a sixth consecutive 1-2 finish for Mercedes in Monaco.
“Although Mercedes has the longest wheelbase, their lead there will be even bigger. They are true traction monsters, and that’s the nuts and bolts of Monaco.
“We have found something, but it’s not enough,” he admitted.
In that way, he thinks Mercedes will be alone at the front of the field, with Red Bull fighting against Ferrari.
“If Ferrari cannot generate downforce and traction, they’ll probably only finish sixth or seventh in Monaco,” said Marko.