Ferrari is downplaying its title chances after a strong pre-season testing in Barcelona, according to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari enjoyed eight competitive days of winter testing in Spain, with the Scuderia showing strong pace and reliability.
However, unlike previous seasons where Ferrari has been publicly vocal about their on-track targets, it has decided to keep this matter internal this year.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has urged Honda to change its approach towards Formula 1, suggesting that the Japanese manufacturer is currently endowed with an incompatible culture.
As from pre-season testing, the Honda power unit showcased several problems as well as a considerable lack of horsepower ahead of what is going to be its third campaign after coming back to the sport.
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New Mercedes recruit Valtteri Bottas is assured that he will receive equal treatment to teammate Lewis Hamilton as long as he can deliver the results.
Since emerging as F1’s frontrunners in 2014, Mercedes has followed a policy of giving equal status to their drivers.
However, following Nico Rosberg’s retirement, Mercedes now has a young gun teaming up with an experienced pair of hands. This has raised the possibility of Hamilton getting priority status, at least in the early days of their partnership.
Bottas, however, refutes the claim, saying he is focused on his performance at Mercedes.
Fernando Alonso is braced for a trying start to the 2017 F1 season in Australia after McLaren-Honda’s pre-season testing was blighted by a spate of reliability issues.
Honda had revamped its power unit over the course of the winter to close the gap to rivals, with the Japanese manufacturer ditching its ‘size-zero’ philosophy for a concept that mimics F1’s current benchmark Mercedes.
However, reliability issues left McLaren drivers Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne stranded in the garage for longer than what they would have liked, with the Woking-based team completing the least laps of all in pre-season testing.