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Mercedes Not Worried About Ferrari's Pace

Tuesday February 6th, 2001

Mercedes-Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug has admitted he is not worried about Ferrari's pace during the pre-season testing.

The Italian team, who finished ahead of the Mercedes-powered McLarens in last year's championship, have been showing an impressive form with their new F2001 car, with Michael Schumacher breaking the Fiorano track record by more than a second last week.

However, Haug is not concerned as he believes the new McLaren, which will be unveiled tomorrow, will also be faster.

"I don't think that one team has suddenly found the philosopher's stone," Haug said. "We are not worried, because our car will also be quicker than last year's.

"Improvements to the car bring you at the most a couple of tenths of a second, the rest comes from the tyres. Bridgestone seem to have worked really well, but we've got the same tyres as Ferrari."

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