No one in the paddock doubts that Mercedes is significantly ahead of the game as the 2014 season opener looms.
But when told he is an absolute favourite, works driver Lewis Hamilton clearly does not want the label to stick, furrowing his brow as he answered: "Why do you believe that?"
At the very least, the Briton admits the German squad has produced the very best new V6 engine, compared to rival suppliers Ferrari and troubled Renault.
"You have Williams, who look like they could be a competitive team, and you have Force India who could be much further ahead," Hamilton is quoted by F1's official website.
"Maybe Felipe Massa will take the Williams to the front!"...
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