Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff insists his team will be helped by a planned ban on qualifying engine modes, even though it looks set to be delayed until the Italian Grand Prix.
The FIA is clamping down on the use of specific engine modes in qualifying, when power unit manufacturers are often able to run at a much higher power output than they can replicate in the race. The ban was originally set to come into effect at the Belgian Grand Prix but RACER understands it now looks like it will be delayed by a race to Monza. Whenever it comes, however, Wolff believes it will prove a good thing for his team despite its current dominance on Saturdays.
“I think we don’t lack performance on Saturdays,” Wolff said. “We had quite a margin until now. We struggled in some of the races where we were quite limited in powerful engine modes, and if Formula 1 were to ban in-season, certain power unit modes, then I think it will actually help us in the race.
“If you can avoid damaging your power unit in those few qualifying laps that you have available, in Q3 and then the odd lap in the race, the damage metrics go down dramatically. So, five laps of qualifying mode not being done gives