From this weekend’s race at Monza, F1 groups have been informed that they have to use the identical engine modes in qualifying and the race, which suggests they’ll now not use particular energy boosts for the ultimate runs in Q3.
While the FIA launched the rule as a result of it desires extra confidence it will probably police what groups are doing, Mercedes had suspicions that some rivals, together with Red Bull, had been pushing for the change to attempt to gradual the German automotive producer down.
So after Mercedes delivered a crushing efficiency in qualifying at Monza – with pole place man Lewis Hamilton eight tenths forward of the closest non-Mercedes – Ricciardo mentioned he fairly likes the way in which issues turned out.
Asked if he had any disappointment that the ‘party mode’ ban had not delivered an enormous shuffle of the order, Ricciardo mentioned: “I never expected it to change the pecking order. I would be surprised if the guys here [at Renault did either]. I don’t think they really did.
“I don’t know where the change was driven from, and if a team drove it for it be enforced or they just did it thinking something would change – a bit of a ‘hail Mary’.
“I don’t think we are surprised. I guess Mercedes are in a position to be a little bit arrogant with some of their comments, but look, I never expected them to struggle with this change. So, yeah: We will let them have it for now.
“I like that they have kind of dished it back. It is fun.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff mentioned on Saturday that the German automotive producer had not used its ‘party mode’ at each race this season – and approached the ban with a willpower to not lose out.
“I think for us it was important to face this new situation in the most professional way,” he mentioned.
“We knew that this was coming, and once we knew that this was coming, we said: ‘OK, let’s use it as an opportunity.’ I think we have a great organisation, and the mentality in Brackley was great, and they said: ‘Bring it on, let’s come up with a strong mode for qualifying that we can run all race.’
“Overall, we have lost very little qualifying performance, but gained a lot of performance in the race. We can run the engine much harder in the race.
“We’re only able to achieve that with a lot of research and a lot of bench running. So far, so good. Let’s see how it pans out over the next sessions.”