Mercedes looks stiff and hard to drive, according to Red Bull

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

Despite having achieved five consecutive drivers' and constructors' titles, Mercedes appears to be behind chief rivals Ferrari entering the new season. Their auto looked really nice to drive at testing.

During Thursday's FIA press conference, when asked if Mercedes' testing form was hard to read into, Hamilton responded, "it's not hard to read it".

Challenging Mercedes and Ferrari is still someway off for Red Bull despite their move to Honda engines in 2019, says Christian Horner.

"Max got quite a bit of traffic on his fast laps so I think there's quite a bit of potential there, there's more set up changes to come and we don't know what fuel loads people are running but looks interesting".

"We had no expectations going into today and it's just good to get started".

"The vehicle will be fresher here [in Australia]", Hamilton said of his W10 Mercedes in spite of the lack of updates post-testing. "We'll have a much better understanding of it - but I think it's the same for everyone".

Verstappen said: "If we look at our longer runs from testing, our performance seems pretty promising and we hope to be competitive from the beginning of the year".

Verstappen offered a positive feedback after his first day of work, but admitted it was all still a work in progress.

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