Toto Wolff has played down reports Mercedes is the clear 2014 favourite after the first winter test at Jerez last week.

Toto_Wolff-Mercedes_GP“It is too early to know,” the German marque’s commercial director told the Spanish-language Motorpasion. “It is just testing and so you can’t say much. But it was good that we were able to do so many miles, Nico (Rosberg) even did a race simulation, which is something the others were not able to do. “Only in Australia will we see something representative,” added Wolff.

“The cars are going to change a lot until then, (as) there is a lot more testing to do.” German Rosberg agrees that, while Mercedes had a successful test in southern Spain with good reliability, “a lot of work” still lies ahead before Melbourne. “Performance-wise we don’t know where we are because you can’t really compare to the other cars, but that’s not the focus right now,” he insisted. Teammate Lewis Hamilton added: “It’s a bit early to say this definitely, but right now the car feels pretty good. “So far so good; now we just have to continue working hard and see what happens in Bahrain.”

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