Pierre Gasly believes that Mercedes really faced issues during the pre-season testing in Bahrain.

The three days of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit were not easy for the Silver Arrows. They rarely set competitive lap times and had to deal with porpoising. Lewis Hamilton also revealed that Mercedes would not be capable of fighting for race wins at the start of the season.

Gasly and Hamilton were racing closely for several laps once during the testing. The Frenchman shared his thoughts about Mercedes’ performance so far.

“I was quite surprised to be fighting with Lewis for a couple of laps,” Gasly said.

“We know, on our side, we’ve got quite a lot of work to do to improve the performance, to improve the car balance. Clearly I could see Lewis was struggling as well and I think they do have some work to be fighting right at the top.

“But it’s only testing, it’s part of the test and exploring how to get the best out of the car.”

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