Could this year be the end of Mercedes’ dominance in Formula 1?
While Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says that only time will tell, the German driver believes that there is a serious threat from Ferrari.
Although the defending constructor’s champion Mercedes topped mileage and reliability logging in 1,294 laps during the pre-season testing, it was the Prancing Horse that set the pace in the time sheets.
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in the final day of pre-season test in Barcelona while teammate Kimi Raikkonen clocked the quickest time of any driver over the entire two weeks. Ferrari topped the times in five of the eight days, an indicator that it could put an end to Mercedes’ dominance this year.
World champion Leiws Hamilton, on the other hand, suffered mechanical failure as the teams wrap up testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Rosberg is unsure whether they still have the advantage over Ferrari but he is sure that the Italian team is now very close to their pace.
“Ferrari has been very quick. All the teams have their strategists so we know the amount of fuel they are running and they also know our fuel so we know where we are compared to Ferrari,” Rosberg said via Sky Sports.
“The most important thing is the speed which we’re not 100 percent sure of. What we know is that Ferrari is very close, so it could go either way,” he added.
Rosberg, though admitted, that the team was still wary of showing its true pace to its rivals at this stage of the year. He knows that the true test of pace will be at the start of the Formula 1 season in Melbourne in two weeks’ time.
Nico Rosberg finished second to teammate Lewis Hamilton in the 2015 season. Mercedes, on the other hand, beat Ferrari for the constructors’ title.
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