Mercedes expect to start new Formula 1 season slower than Red Bull

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Mercedes say they expect to start the new Formula 1 season next weekend with a slower car than Red Bull.

In pre-season testing last weekend, Mercedes struggled, with their new car apparently lacking pace and stability.

“There are a lot of unknowns,” Mercedes strategy director James Vowles said. “No-one up and down the paddock can pinpoint exactly where they are.

“But there are a few trends that have come out. I’d say Red Bull are ahead on performance. They are the class act.”