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2015-03-01 08:50

MERC SHOWS TRUE FORM AT LAST: Nico Rosberg of Germany blitzed his Mercedes Formula 1 car more than a second clear of his nearest rival on Friday during testing in Spain. Image: AP / Manu Fernandez

BARCELONA, Spain - After a winter of what seems to have been sandbagging, Mercedes finally let the cat out of the bag on Friday (Feb 27 2015).


Team boss Toto Wolff, however, denies that the ultra-dominant reigning 2014 champion team has been hiding the potential of the new W06 car until now. "Our programme was planned," he said. "Other may have done it a bit differently.  We estimate we should still be ahead in 2015.”


As far as Mercedes' rivals are concerned, the Austrian can say that again - and again.




Nico Rosberg utterly humbled his competitors on the second day of the final winter test at the Catalunya circuit in Spain, leaving second-best Valtteri Bottas more than a second behind – and he was on only the soft Pirelli, not the even quicker super-soft.”


Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas was blown away. "Everybody knew they were quick," he said, “but they were very quick. That's how it is."


Earlier, insiders were wondering if a grandee team such as Ferrari had managed to close substantially the gap to Mercedes in just one winter. The Italian squad has always played down that prospect but after seeing Rosberg's pace on Friday Sebastian Vettel said the headline lap-time was in fact "awesome".


And Jenson Button, despite McLaren-Honda having its best day of the winter tests on Friday with more than 100 laps, said the Mercedes pace was "unbelievable".


As for Mercedes picking up in Melbourne where it left in Abu Dhabi three months ago, Vettel said: "Anything else would be a huge surprise. What will happen behind them," he added, "is less clear."


Meanwhile, Force India's long-delayed 2015 car finally made its debut on Friday and completed 77 laps in the hands of Nico Hulkenberg.

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