By now it should be common knowledge that Mercedes have done some very clever engineering of their turbocharged V6's which has given the teams running these engines quite a power advantage over the Renault and Ferrari powered teams. Some have said as much as 30-70 HP.
For those who don't follow the sport, what Mercedes have done is split the turbocharger's hot section (the turbine) away from the compressor. They've put the turbine at the rear of the engine close to the exhaust, where it's most effective, and they've put the compressor at the front of the engine in the cool air flow, where it can be most effective, and they've connected the two via a long shaft that runs through the Vee of the engine. Brilliant engineering, and they've obviously improved the efficiency of the system, as the Mercedes cars are actually burning less fuel than the others while making more power.
So the Renault and Ferrari powered cars are simply outclassed, and barring reliability problems, or finding that Mercedes have somehow been cheating, this season is going to be a romp for the Silver Arrows. Even McLaren, Williams and Force India are outrunning the Renault and Ferrari powered cars.
NBCSN caught a rare live shot of Luca Montezemola as he turned away in disgust from the monitors as he watched Alonso being passed on the straight by a Force India car:
So, should the FIA leave the Formula alone for this season, and it'll be a foregone conclusion that Mercedes powered cars will probably sweep the top ten slots each race, or should there be a midseason rule change to help the Renault and Ferrari powered cars be more competitive?
Toto Wolff (Mercedes team boss) asks why they should be penalised for introducing some brilliant, and innovative engineering? Indeed......