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Mercedes not favourites for F1 title, claims Wolff

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Mercedes commercial director Toto Wolff has downplayed suggestions his team are favourites for the 2014 title despite a successful opening test.

Last week the British-based German brand completed over 250 laps at Jerez with only a front wing failure on the opening day holding the W05 back.

Indeed Nico Rosberg was the only driver to complete a full race simulation during the four days as others focused on simply getting to grips with their new machines and their complex engines.

"There was an element of psychology in the (Mercedes) game,” respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt said.

“They wanted to demonstrate strength at a time when the great enemy Red Bull was on the floor,” he mused.

In facts Mercedes’ total was over ten times the number Red Bull managed over the four days, but Wolff is not getting ahead of himself.

“It is too early to know,” the German marque’s commercial director told the Spanish outlet Motorpasion.

“It is just testing and so you can’t say much. But it was good that we were able to do so many miles, Nico (Rosberg) even did a race simulation, which is something the others were not able to do.

“Only in Australia will we see something representative,” added Wolff. “The cars are going to change a lot until then, (as) there is a lot more testing to do.”

The two Mercedes drivers agree with Nico Rosberg, who completed nearly 190 laps during his two days, claiming a lot of work still lies ahead.

“Performance-wise we don’t know where we are because you can’t really compare to the other cars, but that’s not the focus right now,” he insisted.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton added: “It’s a bit early to say this definitely, but right now the car feels pretty good.

“So far so good; now we just have to continue working hard and see what happens in Bahrain.”

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