As the F1 season starts with the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he expects his team to be “pushed to our limits” by this year’s World Championship fight not minding the evidence that Ferrari were faster in pre-season testing.

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“Judging from the performance in Barcelona, it looks like we will have a proper fight on our hands.” 

“But an F1 season is not just about who comes out of the blocks quickest,” Wolff said

He added that new regulations, particularly concerning the design of the front wing after an attempt by rule makers to make overtaking less difficult, would mean the season would be about “who is able to adapt best to the new rules and the new tyres and all the challenges we will have to master during the year”.

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