(Motorsport-Total.com) – The battle for the site and the pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix (Formula 1 2018 live in the ticker!) He won Mercedes Saturday. In the race on Sunday, however, Ferrari could turn the boards – at least the fears of Toto Wolff. He is described as "super joker" that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen launch differently to both protests on the toughest soft mix.
Sebastian Vettel wants to turn his tire advantage to the first phase zoom
On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas must start on Supersoft because they only play it safely in C2 by using the faster but less consistent shame. Then they could not improve their time when they put it soft.
Wolff defends the Mercedes strategy: "It was a huge gamble we would not have to do," says Ferraris's initiative to turn into a threat of rain and without credit time after the Outlap in the box The most powerful tires against worse to swap. Such a poker went wrong for the Scuderia in the recent past. "We were not sure if Soft was fast enough and heated fast enough," said Wolff.
The advantage of Vettel and Raikkonen is that they can run a first time later and seek overgrowth against Mercedes. Methods: If Hamilton and Bottas may be able to stay in traffic after stopping early, the Reds can turn to the top with driving for free. Ferrari could only have a small disadvantage that could be less difficult at the beginning, but the first corner to Sao Paulo is as short as any other route in the calendar.
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"This is the better strategy," says Wolff, but he knows he's still well placed to win the builders' championship. "You have to take the risks," he said, looking at Ferrari. "We did not want to do that." Good for Mercedes is that Max Verstappen in the Red Bull also drives with Supersoft and does not enjoy a tactical advantage.
Vettel is proud that he did not stop with the Gelackmeierte: "There was a little boost because of the conditions," he said and reported that Ferrari had just changed his mind after a new weather forecast (which meant that the rain so fast) it would. "When I went out with the sofas, I had another two minutes to use," said Vettel. He knows: "He could have been a boy too, but he worked better."
Hamilton hopes, however, that Ferrari on the Longruns is not faster than Mercedes as a whole and could leverage advantage. "You've had a lot more clustering with Supersoft yesterday than we did," he said. Vettel is still against it that only 0.049 seconds was slower with Soft or Bottas with Supersoft in Q2. "Surprise," he said. "Otherwise, we expect seventy-thirds." It means that the Ferrari takes the harder rubber fine.
Raikkonen is convinced that Mercedes and Red Bull have even set clear weather on soft. Not happy with the tactical joke for its colors, Wolff comforts himself with a strong Ch3: "I'm very proud, the battle is quite tight," he said. about the duel against Ferrari. "It's almost like boxing, where you hit, dress and handle." According to Vettel, better cornering speeds were definitely in the end.
Hamilton had proven that he was still hungry after winning a championship champion, Wolff knows. "If you could see it in the briefing sessions, it seems that everything is still open," he said.