Sky Sports F1 pundit and former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick gave a very gloomy portrail of Mercedes’ recent struggles and points to the long 22-race calendar as a factor in the team’s current mental fatigue.
“They’ve got so much better throughout the year, but nothing to show for it,” Patrick said after the race on Sky Sports F1.
“You can sense, Toto looked defeated, frustrated, tired maybe. Christian [Horner, Red Bull team principal] was talking about the timing of this event.
“It’s been a long year, everybody is wearing down. So, I’m sure it’s feeling extra heavy to them now, especially when they have bad days. Especially when they get glimmers of hope.”
Last year, Ferrari enjoyed a better weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit than Mercedes and the 2009 drivers’ champion has tipped the team to once again show their speed in the desert.
“[Abu Dhabi] is another circuit with long straights and 90-degree corners,” Button said. “It’s going to be similar, the Ferrari [cars] will be competitive there."
Based on recent form, Ferrari certainly have the upper-hand over their German rivals. They will have to overcome a four-point deficit, but will be victorious in the case of a tie due to Carlos Sainz’s earlier win in Singapore.
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