Heidfeld: Red Bull Clearly the Best Car!

Again with the predictions for the 2010 Formula One opener in Bahrain! Although several drivers have agreed that Ferrari has the edge over their rivals in terms of car performance this season, Mercedes GP's test/reserve driver Nick Heidfeld strongly objected it this week. Only a few days until the official start of the new campaign, there isn't a doubt in Heidfeld's mind that Red Bull Racing is the best prepared team of the leading pack.

The Red Bull is clearly the best car. It's almost frightening how easily Vettel and Webber are able to drive it at the limit,” Heidfeld was quoted as saying by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Out of the leading pack of 4 teams – Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes – the Austrian outfit was the last one to present their challenger for the 2010 season. Consequently, they missed the first 3 days of testing during the month of February, in Valencia, but showed some impressive pace immediately after their launch, in Jerez.

As for Mercedes GP, the majority of the employees at Brackley positioned themselves on a lower optimism note for the Bahrain race, as they admitted they hold a slim chance of making the podium in the first few races of the season. Even 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher insisted that it's not the start of the season that counts, but its finish, hinting that we won't get to see much of the silver arrows out front these next few weeks.

Nevertheless, the German manufacturer is expected to come to Bahrain stronger than they have presented themselves in testing, as they will debut the much-awaited “super-diffuser” on the W01 at Sakhir. Additionally, Schumacher admitted there are some more parts Ross Brawn has prepared for the Bahrain race, aiming to improve the performance of the car.

According to some late reports regarding the teammate situation at Mercedes GP, it seems things don't look very well for Schumacher, as his former manager Willi Weber revealed he has experienced some understeering problems with the W01. By comparison, Rosberg is more comfortable with the car, as stated by the very team boss Ross Brawn.

Nico (Rosberg) has felt a little better in the car (than Schumacher) in his test days,” revealed Brawn.
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