Mercedes sees Ferrari as biggest threat
8 May 2014 – Mercedes has singled out Ferrari as its biggest threat for the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, even though the Italian marque recorded just one podium finish from the opening four races of the season.
Although Ferrari sits fifth and more than 100 points adrift of Mercedes, Silver Arrows chief Toto Wolff reckons the outfit has the development ability and driver talent in Fernando Alonso to mount a serious challenge.
"I think it will be Ferrari," said Wolff when asked which team he believes will put up the biggest fight.
"They are the only other team to have everything, car and powertrain, in-house.
"And I reckon Alonso to be a real race monster who can achieve anything."
Wolff expects Mercedes to be in a less dominant position at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.
"I am not afraid of this race but we enter it with a lot of respect," Wolff explained.
"Catalunya will prove how good our car really is, because we compete there on a 'Red Bull track'.
"We all know it will become tighter. If you look at Red Bull at the first test and where they went from there, they really made impressive progress. And Ferrari showed excellent shape too lately. So nothing is guaranteed."