Mercedes, Ferrari play down early pecking order

While world champions Red Bull got off to an imperious start to the sole pre-season test, the team’s key rivals were left to wonder how far behind they are. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko observed that the new Mercedes looks “restless”. “There is no bouncing, which is good news,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. “Mercedes, Ferrari and maybe Aston Martin,” he answered when asked who Red Bull’s main rivals could be in 2023. Newey’s Red Bull colleague Marko also admitted his surprise that Ferrari – unlike Mercedes – is still struggling with the ground effect-caused ‘porpoising’. He insists it is “too early to judge” the 2023 Ferrari’s performance. “We are only working on a few details,” said Vasseur when asked about how he will respond to Ferrari’s high-profile strategy mistakes of 2022.

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