I would like to agree with you but the thing is I am yet to hear or see any other journalist or trackside observer mention Merc in the same breath as the top 3, but I guess Lauda knows more than me. So for now I keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best
Personally, I find Jerez with the ups and downs to be very promising. They found themselves on the wrong end of the stick on the first two days, and then they came back in style. They have shown some stamina, which I think is very important. They had developed the car in two days, and showed signs of a pretty strong track team, working flawlessly. That really is, as I said before a huge development. All that though, positive as it is, does not really shed any light on the performance of the W04 yet. As a design, it is clear that it is way more complex than for instance GA has given it credit for. There are some features on the car that seem to induce some head-scratching. So, if they keep this up in Barcelona, maybe we can see this car evolving bit by bit on the next two test sessions. For now, I don't care what Lauda says.
So, fingers crossed, yes.