Ferrari threat leaves no room for error at Mercedes heading to China

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Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff is refusing to get ahead of himself despite seeing his drivers dominate the opening two races of the 2016 season.

Nico Rosberg claimed back-to-back wins in Australia and Bahrain, while teammate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton finished second and third in the respective races.

As a result, Mercedes enjoys a 40 point lead over Ferrari in the constructors’ championship after just two races, but Wolff has warned that the Italian manufacturer is still a force to be reckoned with.

“After two races, we find ourselves in a strong position. Our car has proven itself to be competitive in a range of conditions once again – but also reliable even at this early stage, which is a tremendous achievement,” Wolff said.

“But there is a long way to go and we have by no means been flawless in every area so far. With Ferrari increasingly breathing down our necks, as we saw in Bahrain, there is zero room for error.

“Remaining energized is now more important than ever – and we all have plenty to keep us on our toes in that respect.

“With just two races down and 19 to go, I wouldn’t say there is momentum on one side or the other.

“But what is clear – and very exciting for the team and the sport – is that we have two drivers high in confidence who will provide us with plenty of entertainment over the coming months.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live across NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend.