Mercedes has emerged as the early 2014 favourite.
Amid world champions Red Bull and Renault's crisis, it is obvious that works engine-chassis makers Mercedes and Ferrari have their noses in front on the basis of the opening test at Jerez.
And of that pair, Mercedes out-lapped Ferrari to the tune of almost 300 kilometres - a race distance - over the four days in southern Spain.
Nico Rosberg even did a full grand prix simulation, complete with pitstops, while others were grappling simply to run their radically-new cars.
"There was an element of psychology in the (Mercedes) game," respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt said.
"They wanted to demonstrate...
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