According to Ferrari drvier Felipe Mass, Mercedes could be the surprise package at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
Although the Brazilian driver believes that Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari are likely to be the front runners for the race, he also believes Mercedes will do well.
“Mercedes have shown they have possibly the best top speed on the straight out of all of us and as that is so important at this circuit, they could also have some influence on the final result,” Massa explained.
Monza’s Autodromo Nazionale, with the fastest average speed of the season at 255kph, features four long straights with top speeds expected to reach 350kph.
Mercedes’ W02, featuring a highly competitive engine, DRS and KERS combination, was fast at high speed Spa-Francorchamps two weeks ago, where Michael Schumacher climbed from last on the grid to fifth at the finish.
“We learned at Spa that our car can be competitive at high speed tracks, and we definitely took a step forward there. I am confident that we can do that again in Italy,” said Nico Rosberg.