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Mercedes has got an obvious edge following the controversial 1,000 kilometre tyre test at Barcelona, according to its rivals.
Since the test, Mercedes has won two of the three races, with Nico Rosberg scoring the most number of points (60) in the period – helped by his two victories. The German is followed by Mark Webber with 45 points while teammate Sebastian Vettel has added 43 to his tally in those three races.
“How many had they won before (the test)?" Red Bull team principal Christian Horner asked suggesting that the test had helped its rival.
In the constructors’ championship, Mercedes has claimed 99 points while Red Bull has scored 88 points in the three Grands Prix since the test.
"They are for sure a contender between now and the end of the year,” Horner was quoted as saying by ESPN F1.
In the first five races, Mercedes registered an average of 14.4 points per race but after the test the German manufacturer has averaged 33 points per Grand Prix.
"Two wins out of the three races after they tested, so the conclusion is easy," said Lotus team principal Eric Boullier dismissing that it was no coincidence. “If we were racing on coincidence in Formula 1 I would know it."
Ferrari was certain that Mercedes has now “solved their issues in terms of degradation”.
Mercedes is adamant though that its performance would have been strong despite the test.
"And I tell you why: we were very busy the last couple of weeks getting prepared for the International Tribunal,” Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff told the official F1 website. “A lot of grey cells that normally concentrate on making the car better were working on the documentation for the Tribunal.”