Mercedes 'have a fight on their hands' - Toto Wolff

  • Mercedes 'have a fight on their hands' - Toto Wolff

Mercedes 'have a fight on their hands' - Toto Wolff

"There is too much disparity between the top two or three teams and the rest of the grid", he said, speaking in London this week to F1i.com.

Last week, we gave the details of the split between teams and Ferrari managed to pick up a bonus of $70million because they've been involved the longest. In the past two years Ferrari has not even needed to have the fastest vehicle to win in Melbourne, so the prospect of it holding an advantage over Mercedes is ominous.

"It will push us to our limits - and that's an exciting prospect for every single one of us".

"Judging from the performance in Barcelona, it looks like we will have a proper fight on our hands", Wolff said.

Young guns of F1 this season
Young guns of F1 this season

Having won 11 of 21 races last season, another F1 title would put Hamilton one shy of Michael Schumacher's record of seven and stir the debate about the greatest racer of all time.

He added that new regulations, particularly concerning the design of the front wing after an attempt by rule makers to make overtaking less hard, would mean the season would be about "who is able to adapt best to the new rules and the new tyres and all the challenges we will have to master during the year". "With the calmness the team now have, they have every chance this year". But with the highly respected Binotto since replacing Arrivabene in the top job, and dynamic young Monegasque Charles Leclerc taking over from Kimi Raikkonen as Vettel's team-mate, the power dynamic in the paddock has shifted.

At Ricciardo's home race, a fast start would represent a fine way to back up such a statement.