The advent of the new Formula 1 V6 turbo rules, and all that comes with the package, means that reliability will be vital in the early stage of the 2014 season, according to Niki Lauda.
“Reliability is the keyword for the first five, six races,” Mercedes Team Chairman Lauda is quoted by Osterreich newspaper.
“Who is the best prepared will be furthest ahead,” he predicted. The F1 circus has now moved to the island Kingdom of Bahrain for the second of the three pre-Melbourne tests.
“Jerez was an engine test,” said Lauda. “Now the real preparation begins.” But he said the pecking order still will not be clear after the first week in Bahrain.
“After the second week (in Bahrain) you can read a little bit more into it,” said Lauda. “Until then it is not only difficult, but also pointless.”
So Lauda insists that it would be a mistake to write off Red Bull on the basis of Jerez.
“You do tests to find problems,” he said. Nonetheless, he said Mercedes has started on the right foot and is on target for its ultimate goal.
“We want to be World Champions as soon as possible,” Lauda is quoted by Kleine Zeitung newspaper.
“Whether it is this year or not, you cannot say yet. My personal goal is that it happens in the next two years.
“This is a hard goal, but that’s how it should be,” the former triple World Champion added. (GMM)
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