F1 journalist reveals Lewis Hamilton wasn’t even running his Mercedes on the older engines which he took in Brazil to defeat Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton undoubtedly looked superior to Max Verstappen during the qualifying in Qatar. The thought would strictly go to the massive speed difference the Briton had over his rival in Brazil due to the new engine.
However, recent revelations by an F1 journalist claim that Hamilton was running on his older engine at Losail. Therefore, pointing out the difference the two drivers have even without the new engine.
Hamilton no ha usado en la quali el motor nuevo de Interlagos.
Hamilton wasn’t running at the quali the fresh engine from Interlagos.
— Albert Fabrega (@AlbertFabrega) November 20, 2021
And would it mean another defeat for Verstappen? As the Briton would surely use his new engine. His latest engine hasn’t been used since Interlagos. He ran on his previous engine on Friday, too, as in between he talked about losing power.
As of now, Red Bull also suspects wrongdoing in the rear-wings and have urged the FIA to inspect Mercedes’ car. Meanwhile, Mercedes can only fancy a win in Qatar.
Max Verstappen can’t stand against Mercedes alone
If things couldn’t go any worse for Red Bull, Sergio Perez finished at P11 in qualifying. That keeps Verstappen alone in the front two rows amidst two W12s.
Jeez Perez out in Q2 is going to make Max’s race tomorrow REAL hard
— Matt Gallagher (@MattyWTF1) November 20, 2021
Surely, Red Bull’s race would be tougher than the qualifying as things stand. A win for Hamilton would only bring him much closer to Verstappen in the standings ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
In Jeddah, the pole in qualifying would yet again prove critical to the race. So, in conclusion, Verstappen has only a few things to rely on against Hamilton, and for how long it would make him sustain much quicker Mercedes on the straights can only be seen on Sunday.