While Carlos Sainz concedes that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will be the pace-setter, he says it is up to Renault to close the gap and challenge for fourth.

Ferrari led the timesheets in pre-season testing thanks to Sebastian Vettel’s 1:17.182 with Red Bull and Mercedes looking strong.

“Mercedes looks very quick out there,” Sainz said.

“That’s nothing to hide from there – it looked quicker and it seems like they put the car on track a bit like last year and like always really, but that’s not a secret.

“We know that Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari are going to be ahead and fighting for the win in Australia.

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