Rivals are closer, warns Mercedes F1 boss :Motor Racing

New rules Formula One “exactly what the doctor has prescribed”, even if rival teams have become more competitive, according to Mercedes Motorsport chief Toto Wolff.

The Austrian said in a preview for the Sunday of the Australian season opener in Melbourne Mercedes, the dominant team from the last three years, into a big challenge. “We have been very successful in the last three years from a stable rules – but no team has ever held its success in its position on such a major regulatory change,” said Wolff. “In a sense, it is what the doctor has ordered. For such a challenge, the team is good. “We have the best work we could possibly have over the winter, and if we do not find the fastest in Melbourne, it’s on why and what needs to be done that we need the first place to get back.” Ferrari emerged from the pre-season tests with the fastest time, during the Mercedes mating of Triple Champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas most rounds with impressive reliability. Bottas, formerly replaced with Williams 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg, the days after he retired his first title. Hamilton, winner of 53 Grand Prix of his career so far, the season starts as a favorite for a fourth championship and the first race to win. Maker William Hillbrite at 10/11 for Melbourne, with Ferrari Sebastian Vettel second favorite at 7/2 and Bottas on 01.06. “We believe there is going to be another Mercedes march, but the Grand Prix of Australia is often unpredictable,” said spokesman William Hill Rupert Adams. Wolff said the test in Barcelona hinted “that the edges had shrunk at the top of the field,” although there was no way to know for sure. Teams used to experiment with gasoline quantities and power supply settings to experiment. Mercedes won 51 out of 59 Grand Prix, since the 1.6-liter V6 turbo hybrid units were established. The team has also been the pole position with one exception all races last season. Ferrari and Red Bull is the only team Mercedes since 2013 hit