PLAYING CATCH-UP: Red Bull's Helmut Marko believes that Mercedes aided Ferrari's revival in 2015. Image: AP / Kamran Jebreili
Red Bull's Helmut Marko has accused Mercedes of actively helping Ferrari to catch the reigning world champions in 2015. According to Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, it is no surprise that Ferrari is much more competitive in 105.
Lauda said: "If you look at how much we won last year, it was clear that it would not always be like that."
Marko however, smells a rat.
'DIFFICULT TO PROVE'
Marko told German magazine Sport Bild: "It is difficult to prove, but I am sure that Mercedes helped Ferrari. And we all know why."
Marko reportedly senses a political motive and not just Mercedes' desire to halt suggestions it is damaging F1 by dominating so easily.
He might also be referring to the engine rules, with Ferrari having now joined Mercedes in backing the current turbo V6 era, even beyond 2017.
Sport Bild suggests Mercedes may even have slowed its own development programme over the winter, and recommended that Ferrari sign up its hybrid specialist Wolf Zimmermann.
When asked about Ferrari's 2015 engine, Sauber engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara, said: "We expected an improvement but such great progress in such a short space of time is difficult to explain."
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