Perhaps Mercedes GP won’t be too happy reading this!

The team’s test driver, Nick Heidfeld, has talked up the chances of Red Bull’s RB6, rating it “clearly the best car” for the 2010 season-opening Bahrain GP.

With just a few-tenths of a second separating many of the F1 teams – particularly the ‘Big Four’ of Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes GP – Heidfeld reckons his team will still have some work to do.

Nick Heidfeld Mercedes GP

According to the German publication Bild, the team trialled a new front wing for its W01 in a straight line test at an English airfield during the week – presumably with Nick in the cockpit – and is also set to unveil a radically modified diffuser for its first competitive outing at Sakhir.

However, Nick was quick to play down Mercedes GP’s prospects.

Speaking with Auto Motor und Sport, Nick said: “The Red Bull is clearly the best car. It’s almost frightening how easily [Sebastian] Vettel and [Mark] Webber are able to drive it at the limit.”

He went on to add that Red Bull were probably disguising the RB6’s true pace by running with comparatively heavier fuel loads than its rivals during much of the pre-season tests.

[Image via The Sun]

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