Mercedes' Rivals Eager to Close Gap in Barcelona

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have delivered strong performances but rival teams are hoping that the recent break from racing would have helped them improve their respective cars and challenge better in the Spanish Grand Prix.

updated: May 07, 2014 16:43 IST
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Barcelona: Mercedes' rivals hope a busy three weeks of tinkering on their slower cars and the move to European tracks will be enough to at least threaten Lewis Hamilton's and Nico Rosberg's stranglehold on Formula One.

The Mercedes pair head into Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix after sweeping the first four races in impressive style, with the most compelling driving coming between the teammates while the pack puttered away in the distance.

The switch to V6 turbo hybrid engines has dislodged Red Bull as F1's dominant team after four seasons, and Mercedes was also dealing far better than the rest with the new powertrain and other rule changes.

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