Mercedes probed as Red Bull question ‘weird’ development in F1 title fight

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Mercedes have been probed with Red Bull questioning an interesting development in their F1 title fight. The two teams are battling for the Constructors title and of course their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are slugging it out for the right to be called F1 world champion.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has said the Silver Arrows have made great strides by continuing to improve their speed.

He also admitted the team put “more downforce on the rear wing” than Red Bull, but believes something has been “weird” with Toto Wolff’s men since Silverstone.

The 78-year-old told F1-Insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal.

“But something has been weird since Silverstone. So it is now up to us to research why they are suddenly so fast. Is it just the engine or something else?

“We now have to work day and night to uncover its secret and then counter it. As quickly as possible. It is up to us.”

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And Marko believes Mercedes have the advantage in the remaining six races if the performance of both cars remain the same.

“If the differences in performance remain the same as in Istanbul, we will have a problem.

“Of the six racetracks, only the courses in Mexico and Sao Paulo play a part in our cards because of their altitude. At the moment the rest clearly seems to be Mercedes-Land.”

Despite Marko’s comments, the pressure continues to mount on defending and seven-time world champion Hamilton as he may have to use one more engine this season, which would lead to another grid penalty.

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The Mercedes ace started 11th last time out at the Turkish Grand Prix after having a new power unit fitted, and having to do so again between now and the end of the current campaign may hand an advantage to title rival Verstappen.

“[The ICE] can last until the end of the season,” Toto Wolff recently told Sky Sports.

“But there could be a moment we say it is worth taking a fresh one because the other one is still at risk.

“We had to (change the engine component in Turkey). We saw some data on the internal combustion unit that didn’t look very promising and a DNF is a total killer for the championship.

“We’ve seen over the course of the season that we’ve had some little gremlins that we weren’t completely sure where they came from and how much performance they could potentially cost.”

Verstappen currently leads the way over Lewis Hamilton by six points heading to Austin in just over a week’s time.

Following Valtteri Bottas’ first win of the seaosn in Turkey, Mercedes currenty hold a 36 point lead over rivals Red Bull heading into the next race.

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