The reigning F1 world champion is eager to see his fellow title contenders close the performance gap on Mercedes to produce more competitive racing this season because he feels that is where he can excel. So far it's positive. "I don't prepare myself and then hope that the next guy has issues so I can capitalise on them, I want him to be at his best because then it's more painful for them when you do out-perform them". I am sure if you ask Federer he will believe that if he is playing hard and feels great there is no one that can touch him.
The four-times world champion, who can expect to start the campaign in Australia on March 25 as a favourite, said bad weather, a resurfaced and smoother track and heavier cars had made comparisons tricky.
"Definitely the closer it is the better it is when you win. It definitely does feel like a better auto so that's a positive".
As was the case a year ago he was eager to insist his rivals had the early advantage.
Bottas is reportedly facing criticism of having a lack of killer instincts as he is fighting once again for a new Mercedes contract extension after his current deal with the team is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. The pair clashed several times on and off track a year ago, most notably in Baku when the Ferrari drove into the Mercedes. "That's how I approach it", he said.
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Vettel led the title race until the 13th round at Monza in 2017 and at times enjoyed a distinct advantage over Hamilton.
Speaking during the final day of Test One at Barcelona, Vettel replied to those comments, telling Sky Sports News: ' [I think] pretty much the same. Limited answers. Still a lot of questions that we carry into next week.
'Do I think Valtteri will be harder to beat? "But for that we need to run".
Behind Hamilton and Vandoorne it was Sebastian Vettel who was third quickest, just over 0.9s off Hamilton and completing 120 laps in the SF71H. However, to achieve this Vettel used soft tyres, which were faster than the rubber used by Hamilton (at least in theory).
"We had a couple of little hiccups today and then in the afternoon I had a little moment where I went into the gravel, tried to reverse but it got stuck", explained Verstappen who was looking forward to the second testing session in Barcleona from March 6-9.