part of vettels reliability tactic.... he only has to drive hard for a few laps, and then saves the car for the next 50 some laps while everyone is beating on their cars the entire race....
F1 always changes the engine formula around. so this is just business as usual... its a spend and development and simulation war - the teams with the best budget and resources and most creative minds and ability to execute... will be in the lead. i don't expect any major shake up. remember, Ferrari sucked when schumacher went there and it took a few years to build that team. i think renault/lotus could be a loser, not sure they had the funds to invest in next year. id expect mclaren abandoned the year a while back and started investing in next year. red bull has likely played both sides. i suspect they are less a worried about coming out of the gate fast and are more interested in having a platform for ongoing development for the year. (their strength)
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