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'Mercedes teams are ahead'

Mercedes chief Paddy Lowe has acknowledged the open secret of pre-season testing: with the new F1 season just three weeks away, the four-Mercedes powered teams are ahead of the field.Since the end of Day One of the first winter test at Jerez, a Mercedes team has topped every session, with the works outfit - driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg - dominating this week's event at Bahrain in the ultra-impressive W05. After Hamilton topped Friday's timesheets ahead of McLaren and Williams, Rosberg went quicker still on the fourth and final day as he set a qualy-style lap time over one and a half seconds faster than any other car managed. Although Hamilton scoffed at Mercedes being hailed as...
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