Why Mercedes' rivals should be afraid
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Why Mercedes' rivals should be afraid

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, Ian Parkes

Mercedes spent week one of 2016 Formula 1 testing shielding its potential and pounding round for lap after bulletproof lap. IAN PARKES thinks the opposition should be fearful

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

A short, simple phrase that serves as a warning to Formula 1 following a demonstration in what can only be described as Teutonic reliability and efficiency from Mercedes over its four days of running at Barcelona's Catalunya circuit in the first pre-season test.

After two years of domination of F1, winning 32 of 38 grands prix and back-to-back drivers' and constructors' titles, and given the relative stability in the rules from last season to this, only complacency can undermine Mercedes this year.

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