Helmut Marko suspects that Mercedes voted for the new aerodynamics of 2019 to thwart Red Bull’s progress. "Mercedes voted for the new rules because they are at the end of development with their aero concept. They want to start at zero because they know that would hurt us."
Marko believes that the current RB14 is the best car of the season, so it is no surprise he believes Mercedes wants to stop them. According to Auto Motor und Sport, Mercedes and Force India would have given their approval fifteen minutes before the expiry of the deadline. "We were against the idea at 60-40. Then we looked at the concept again and thought: 'This is useful'. We cannot veto everything," Wolff reasoned.