Mercedes could have a major power advantage in 2014 over its rivals, according to a report.
With the move from V8's down to V6 turbo units coming in 2014, murmurings in the paddock suggest Mercedes, who have always seemingly had a power advantage throughout the current V8 era, could indeed increase it next year.
Auto Sport und Motor's Tobias Gruner reports it was the promise of being in a position to challenge Sebastian Vettel in 2014 that had lured Lewis Hamilton away from McLaren, of course now the Briton who won the last race in Hungary is still in the hunt to win this year's title.
In the hunt for information on the new V6 turbo units, all three suppliers Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari have kept their cards very close to their chests.
"There are signs Mercedes are one step ahead", Gruner reported.
"In the paddock, it is said that behind closed doors the silver engine has 100 horse power more on average than the Renault or Ferrari.
"Mercedes is not confirming that, obviously. But those in charge are giving an unusually confident impression," he added.
Another sign of possible confidence from Mercedes is the call for wider rear tyres from Pirelli for 2014.
A wider tyre would help transfer the power and torque from the engine on to the track, and entering an era where power could once again have the edge over aerodynamics that would put Mercedes in a very strong position.
Renault and Ferrari are against the move.
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