Dr Helmut Marko likened the differential on Sunday to running with DRS open. With long straights coming up in Mexico, Brazil, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, could this be a weapon for Mercedes in the championship?
Red Bull prove experience counts for nothing
All the talk in recent times has been how Mercedes had an advantage in the experience department given the team has been in the championship battle for seven years compared to Red Bull, whose last challenge was the fourth and final of their triumphs in 2013.
Yet it is Mercedes who seem to be struggling with pressure as Red Bull perfectly negotiate through a weekend.
In the difficult conditions, Red Bull pitted Verstappen and Sergio Perez at roughly the same time, protected the positions they had fought for and ultimately took a two-three finish during what was supposed to be a damage limitation exercise.
Meanwhile, Mercedes and Hamilton were in a pickle over pit stop strategy and eventually cornered themselves into no-mans land and cost a potential podium finish.
How such decisions affect the championship battle will only become clear after the flag falls in Abu Dhabi.
A win in Monza and a pole in Sochi had everybody excited for the future of McLaren - they were back we all said. All apart from Andreas Seidl.
The team principal pleaded caution given the troubles the team faced at Zandvoort.
He was right. Lando Norris finished seventh to secure valuable points but with Ricciardo out of the points and unable to mirror Carlos Sainz's charge through the field, it was easy to see the Woking-outfit were easily second-best to Ferrari all weekend.
Six races remain with just seven and a half points between the two manufacturers in the race for third in the standings. The good news for McLaren is that the upcoming tracks should, in theory, favour their car.
Perez repays Red Bull faith with stunning defence
Arguably the highlight of the race was the epic battle between Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton during the first stint.
As the Mercedes aimed to plough his way through the order, Perez's fourth position was on the line.
Hamilton went to the outside of turn 12, giving him the inside to 13. Perez was forced wide and over the pit entry merge but the Mexican kept his elbows firmly out into turn 14.
The pair duelled side-by-side down the start-finish straight but it was Perez who was later on the brakes, holding onto the position.
It was a crucial move that saw the Red Bull driver onto the podium for the first time since France. More importantly, it was exactly what the team had signed him for, to act as an able wingman for Verstappen
Not only did Verstappen retake the lead of the championship, Red Bull limited the damage to just three points as a team.
With a far from competitive car, his cameo defending against Verstappen in Hungary was a highlight but in Turkey, his potential was clear for all to see.
The F2 champion was stellar in difficult conditions to qualify for Q2 for the second time, although he didn't take part in France after crashing in Q1.
With track evolution playing a large part in lap time at the end of Q2 on Saturday, Schumacher looked to have a strong chance of challenging for a Q3 berth, only to see his final lap ruined by yellow flags for a spinning Lance Stroll.
His race went south quickly after a collision with Fernando Alonso, but there is no doubt that the future is bright for Schumacher if given a competitive car.
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