Wolff: There have been many ‘test World Champions’ in the past 26 February, 2014 Toto Wolff cautiously optimistic Amid predictions that Mercedes are the overwhelming 2014 Formula 1 World Championship favourites, boss Toto Wolff says the Brackley team is heading into the season with humility. Admitting that he is “cautiously optimistic”, Wolff told DPA he is sure that if Mercedes has a big advantage now, it will not last long. “We are very aware that Ferrari and the Renault teams will come back. It is only a matter of time and I don’t doubt that for a second,” said Wolff. He said World Champions Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel in particular – despite their huge problems with the Renault-powered RB10 – cannot be ruled out. Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes W05 “[Red Bull] has won the World Championship four times and has one of the best drivers in the field,” said Wolff. But he agreed that, in total contrast, Mercedes has had a fairly smooth winter despite the massive challenge of the all-new 2014 rules. Wolff insisted: “Humility is the word that comes to mind. There have been many ‘test World Champions’ in the past.” And he said even the dominant Mercedes W05 has not been perfect. “The issue of reliability is far from solved,” said Wolff. “I assume that the first issue has to be getting to the end of the race. “We have had some good tests but we have no reason to fall into jubilation,” the 42-year-old added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsWolff: Prost gave very precise advice on handling Lewis and NicoLowe vows to improve Mercedes reliabilityLauda: I prayed for Hamilton’s McLaren to breakWolff doubts F1 will lose more teamsMercedes: We would welcome Audi and BMW in F1Mercedes celebrate Formula 1 success with 50,000 spectatorsLauda: Nico will fight backLauda: We’ve done everything to ensure a level playing fieldLauda denies Hamilton interest in Ferrari driveHorner claims Renault is 75 bhp down on Mercedes Spartacus Hey, GrandPrix247, if these auto pop-ups apps are not going to stop, I’m forever not visiting your site again! karlich I’d rather check your browser and operating system. I don’t run any pop-up blockers and GP247 never popped up ridiculous ads on me.