Asked about winter testing and it was clear the former Jordan and Stewart designer had been impressed by the speed shown by Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the final Barcelona session.
“It is tough [to make any judgements from winter testing]. I went to the Jerez test and I went to the last Barcelona test. I missed the one in the middle. But if you just take the last Barcelona test, the Mercedes car was obviously quick and the lap times were good. You can't look at them and think, 'They were quick but slow', if you get my gist. They were almost two seconds quicker than last year's test,” he explained.
“I think Mercedes at the beginning of this year will be very strong. They need to show that they can maintain that development all the way through the year now. They need to show they can do well and do a good job in the championships.
“But the Red Bull still looks very good on the track [too]. It is very stable and I am sure whenever they get to push for a lap time the car will be right up there. It is going to be very close.”
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