Ahead of the final week of preseason testing, it seems Mercedes and Ferrari are still ahead of the pack in 2016.
Finishing third for the past two years was Williams, but Felipe Massa seemed to acknowledge that the Grove team may not achieve the leap it wants.
"I really hope we can race the guys in front," he told Australia’s Fairfax Media, "but maybe Red Bull is in front so we have idea who will really be the team we are going to fight in most of the races."
Massa said his only real prediction so far is that Mercedes is still leading the field, which is backed by evidence in Auto Motor und Sport (Germany) and the BBC (Britain) that suggests the German engine is the most powerful.
Massa admits that may not be what the fans want to hear.
"The fans want to see different cars winning races, but this is the most difficult thing for Formula One to make it happen," he said.