Daniel Ricciardo: “with a good winter we should catch Mercedes”

Given Mercedes’ level of dominance last season and the restraints of the engine development freeze, many believe the German team will be hard to challenge even in 2015.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, for instance, thinks Mercedes is already knocking on the door of the 900 horse power mark.

“Can Renault and Ferrari get to Mercedes’ level? It’s going to be a very difficult challenge,” Red Bull designer Adrian Newey, who is stepping back from the front line this year, told Sky.

Ricciardo told L’Equipe, “When I think back to Melbourne last year, we finished second after missing some of the pre-season testing. Then Mercedes continued to develop through the season. But I hope that they have now reached the pinnacle, while on our side we have room to improve. If we have a good winter, we should catch up”, Red Bull driver Ricciardo added.