Cape Town - Following headlines about a "party" engine mode,
Mercedes have explained that they have three basic modes, one for practice, one
for qualifying and one for grands prix.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position by half a second at the
Australian GP and later stated that he was "waiting to put a good lap in
to wipe that smile off" Sebastian Vettel's face.
Vettel, though, questioned whether Mercedes had a special
mode that they could switch to ahead of the all-important pole position
The team has now explained that they in fact have
"three basic modes" on the engine: "one for the majority of the
free practice sessions, one for the majority of qualifying and one for the
majority of the race."
Mercedes added that "sometimes this qualifying mode
will be used throughout qualifying, sometimes only in Q3."
The power unit settings alter how the engine operates and
how it stores and deploys electrical energy.
"All three can be altered with various sub-settings for
different situations, which control whether electrical energy is being net
deployed over a lap, recovered or used in a balanced manner (with energy
deployment and recovery balancing each other out)," said the team.
And with Formula 1 heading to Azerbaijan, the first
"power sensitive" circuit, for round four of this season, Mercedes
reckons the talk about "party" modes will continue.
"It will be interesting to see how the storyline around
engine modes develops as the season progresses, particularly when F1 reaches
those more power-sensitive venues."