Red Bull were the tip team in testing and System One looks explain for a terminate title fight, Mercedes motorsport strategy director James Vowles said on Thursday.
Max Verstappen changed into once quickest for Red Bull in two of the three days in Bahrain from March 12-14 whereas Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton chasing a document eighth title this year, covered fewer laps than anyone else.
“I would thunder Red Bull are ahead on efficiency, they are the class act from the take a look at,” Vowles said in a video debrief on the Mercedes web content (www.mercedesamgf1.com)
“However it is a take a look at, it is now now not a poke, and it is one match out of 23,” he added.
“Are we going to possess a terminate season? I would thunder so. Red Bull are a fierce adversary, they possess a strong package and clearly came out of the field very, very immediate.”
Vowles said that across the season, on an expansion of tracks, Mercedes would switch backward and forward relative to their competitors but would now now not be ahead when the season begins in Bahrain on March 28.
He said it changed into once “moderately evident” in testing that the fresh automobile changed into once going thru poorly whereas the Red Bull seemed very obtain and “planted” to the monitor, an observation reflected within the lap times.
“It is veritably peaceful to thunder that we don’t possess solutions as we are take a seat right here now,” added the strategist. “Large amounts of records on hand to us and now a long creep ahead to try and love what changed into once the reason for that.”
Trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin said that the wind had proved tricky but that others were clearly now now not struggling within the identical components.
“We want to attach reasonably a highlight on understanding why the rear terminate changed into once a limited bit outdated, how we can earn it more obtain and predictable, and that work is going on now,” he added. “With any luck once we earn to the poke weekend it won’t be so complicated for the drivers on tale of they were having to work moderately onerous to secure the lap times that they were doing.”
Mercedes possess won the past seven drivers’ and constructors’ titles, whereas Red Bull won four in a row from 2010-13.