With not yet a quarter of the season gone, Red Bull  have come close to conceding the 2014 Formula 1 world championship title to Mercedes.

Earlier, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz suggested the reigning quadruple world champions are not giving up on 2014, despite Mercedes’ clear dominance so far.

But on Tuesday he is quoted by Bild saying, “We probably cannot catch up the advantage that Mercedes has.

In the constructors’ battle, Mercedes is already more than 100 points clear of runner-up Red Bull, and billionaire Mateschitz conceded: “I don’t think we can challenge the points lead.”

“Even if we are winning [races] again, at the same time the others will still be scoring enough points so that their lead is not challenged,” he added.

However, Mateschitz said Mercedes cannot be begrudged their likely success, “Before the season, we did not work as well as Mercedes. I must … recognise when someone else does a sensational job.” (GMM)

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