Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has played down the significance of Mercedes’ speed and form that emerged on the final two days of testing in Barcelona, after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg smashed the Circuit de Catalunya lap record on two consecutive days, during their stints in the W03.
Wolff told DPA, “I have to dampen them because they are quite simply not realistic. It is of course pleasant to be at the front in testing but it means nothing.”
Last year the Silver Arrows also showed impressive pace early on in the season, and Rosberg even won the Chinese GP, but thereafter their campaign was derailed to the point that they were struggling in the midfield by season end.
“It is perhaps a cliche but test drives and races are two different things, and we are there to race,” said Wolff. “I don’t think you can interpret too much into the test results. It was incredibly cold here and the teams drove with different fuel loads.”
“You could theoretically deduce if a car is right or not. The truth is though you can’t see anything. Red Bull for example showed nothing. We won’t know until Melbourne what’s really going on. We worked out our plan and drive what we wanted, but not to impress anyone or to bluff,” he added.