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).
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
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.
‘THAT’S HOW IT IS’
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
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
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
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.