As testing got here to an finish on Sunday it was comprehensible that Crimson Bull had much more to smile about than Mercedes.
Nevertheless, very like McLaren, which additionally had a powerful three days, the Milton Keynes outfit opted for quietly assured versus punching the air within the perception that it would lastly have the higher hand.
In spite of everything, that is testing, and are available season finish when the trophies and prize monies are handed out will not depend for something.
Solid your thoughts again twelve months, earlier than Mercedes went on to say its seventh successive brace of titles, when headlines reminiscent of ‘Hamilton involved at reliability’ and ‘Ferrari quickest as Mercedes falter’ had been the order of the day.
Admitting that it was his staff’s finest pre-season check ever, Helmut Marko is taking nothing with no consideration and fears Mercedes has but to point out its hand.
“That was definitely the very best check since Crimson Bull Racing got here into existence,” he tells German broadcaster RTL. “The whole lot labored proper from the beginning.
“However we all know that Mercedes is the favorite,” he continues, “and I assume that they drove with far more gasoline than we did.
“The truth that they did not actually align with others by way of gasoline load, already exhibits that they will need to have lots of confidence. So we assume they nonetheless have lots up their sleeves.
“Mercedes is the favorite,” he insists, “and we’re the primary challenger. That is how I see the state of affairs.
“Behind them, it may be a battle,” he admits. “I feel McLaren will stand out a bit, however not on the degree of Mercedes and us. The midfield is definitely nearer collectively.”
Whereas the Mercedes appeared unstable, inflicting moments for each Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Marko is assured that Crimson Bull has obtained on prime of the aero points that made the RB16’s predecessor a handful final season.
“In comparison with Mercedes, our automobile positively appears calmer,” he says. “In fact, that makes it simpler for a driver. It is predictable, and you’ll work higher on the restrict. However that was the purpose. We did not wish to make the automobile slower in order that it is simpler to manage. We wished a quick automobile that’s predictable. And I feel we achieved that properly.”