Mercedes technical director James Allison has been explaining how the team's hard work can help them to reel in Red Bull Racing over the course of the 2021 season.
Lewis Hamilton may lead the F1 world championship, but the common consensus in the paddock is that Red Bull holds a narrow pace advantage over the seven-time constructor champions.
The early deficit could be all the motivation Mercedes now need to work as hard as possible to try and close the gap.
"I think it's human nature, when you get bitten then you jump a little more than you would have otherwise," Mercedes' technical director James Allison told Marca.
"We've been doing everything possible to improve our car, and to try and ensure that the pain we're suffering right now lasts for as little time as possible.
"We certainly don't like being in second place, even though we love competition and fighting for victories."
Mercedes won both titles with relative ease in the 2020 season, as Max Verstappen in the Red Bull was largely held at arm's length throughout the year.
Allison doesn't rule out the fact that a similar triumph could occur in 2021, even if Red Bull currently has the best overall package on the grid.
"We have a different feeling to last year, I have commented both internally and externally that last year's car was one of the best race cars of all time," Allison added.
"We had an immaculate season, but there weren't many memorable moments, an easy victory doesn't stick in your mind.
"However, one that is fought tooth and nail like in Bahrain does. I will remember that forever, winning from an inferior position, I will be boring my grandchildren with that story."