Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko thinks his team and Honda are set to gain from Formula 1’s ‘party mode’ ban.
From this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, F1 teams will no longer be allowed to run special engine modes in qualifying that help deliver them a single-lap power boost.
Instead, teams will be forced to run pretty much the same modes in qualifying and the races.
While it is widely accepted that Mercedes has the most power available in qualifying – with estimates putting its advantage over Honda and Renault at around 28hp – there is some scepticism about the changes slowing the team enough to stop it locking out the front of the grid.
There are even some suggestions the change in engine usage will instead allow Mercedes to run with more power in the races,