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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes that the upcoming Formula One season will feature a three-team battle.
Pundits have argued that Mercedes is clearly in the lead based on their dominance in recent years and their pre-season showing in Barcelona.
However, Wolff argued that at this point, Red Bull is the fastest car, although he did admit that Mercedes and Ferrari are not too far behind.
“Red Bull is the fastest car at the moment but we, Ferrari and them are very close,” Mercedes boss Wolff said.
“There is no big difference.”
Verstappen chose not to pay too much attention to Wolff’s prediction.
“We’ll find out in Melbourne. It’s too early and I don’t want to talk about it,” he said.
“The question mark is about the others,” Verstappen said.
Regarding whether fans should expect a big update from Red Bull before the season opener, Verstappen said, “I can only advise you to keep your eyes open.”
Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz claimed that while Renault might be ‘best of the rest’, the gap to the top three teams is still significant.
“I would not be surprised,” said the Spaniard.
“Because the cars are an evolution and it is very difficult to recover a gap to Ferrari and Mercedes since they are the ones with the most resources,” he added.
“As for the rest we’ll see, but I think the battle in the middle group will be incredibly dense,” said Sainz.