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Mercedes ominously dominant in first pre-season test

Mercedes ended the first pre-season Formula 1 test with a dominant one-two finish. Valtteri Bottas, in particular, posted an eye-catching fastest lap on the final day on Friday at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya as Mercedes laid down a marker in their bid for seven consecutive titles. Article continues under video Although Bottas used the softest of the five compounds made available by Pirelli for testing with the C5, he offered a hint of the speed potential of his Mercedes W11 with a lap of one minute 15.732secs. In context, the lap was half-a-second quicker than in testing at the track a year ago, and only three-tenths of a second behind the lap record he set with his pole position time...
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