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2015-02-17 09:49

BACK ON FORM? Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (above) during testing at Jerez in February 2015. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo said Ferrari seemed to have regained form. Image: AP / Miguel Morenatti

LONDON, England - Daniel Ricciardo, the only non-Mercedes driver to win races in 2014, has admitted he might have a new rival in 2015.

After the 2014 season, in which the Red Bull rookie finished third overall and single-handedly prevented a 100% winning streak for Mercedes, said he was eyeing a title push in 2015.

He said: "If we're in with a crack we'll have a good run at it and leave nothing on the table."

FERRARI IN SHAPE

But then came the first F1 test at Jerez, where dominant Mercedes put on a masterly display of reliability, though the real eye-opening form belonged to Ferrari after the team's difficult 2014 that was marked by a behind-the-scenes management calamity.

Ricciardo said: "Of course we're aware of what Mercedes did and the lap time Ferrari put down... it looked good. We expect nothing less of Mercedes but Ferrari looked like it came out pretty strong."

He warned against reading too much into the pre-season form: "For now they look good but it's one of those things. It's still early and Jerez is a place at which a) we don't race at and b) we never drive in conditions that are five to eight degrees.

"And the track is really, really, abrasive; the tarmac is a lot more aggressive than any other track."

HEADED FOR BARCELONA

Ricciardo admitted that the picture regarding Ferrari's form will start to become at Barcelona, hosts of the second of three pre-Melbourne tests.

Ricciardo said: "So they look good but are they going to be the same once we start racing? I think Barcelona will get us a step closer to that and then we'll see where we are but I'm not taking anything away from them. I think they've come out in good form."

As for Red Bull, there have been reports of technical trouble for the former F1 champion team as the new RB11 struggled for laps and pace at Jerez.

He said: "For us it was a lot better than 2014 but we're still trying to find our feet. We know we have time on our side and we're pretty quick at turning it around."

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