THE FULL GUIDE TO THE 2016 LINE UP FER­RARI

We run down the run­ners and rid­ers for the forth­com­ing sea­son. By MERCEDES

Motor Sport News - - F1 Preview: Teams -

Mercedes chiefs say that they are aim­ing for per­fec­tion this sea­son. That should strike fear in to the hearts of ev­ery­one else on the grid – and will prob­a­bly strike dis­ap­point­ment into the hearts of those hop­ing to see an in­ter-team bat­tle.

So per­haps the big­gest talk­ing point for 2016 will be the intra-team fight be­tween cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton and Nico Ros­berg. Given the ev­i­dence of the lat­ter part of the 2015 cam­paign, even the chances of that seem in­creas­ingly un­likely. Hamil­ton in a ‘per­fect’ car has it all be­fore him.

The team says, de­spite the fact the rules have re­mained largely un­changed, there have been a num­ber of minievo­lu­tions un­der the skin of the W07 to ex­tract more time from the ma­chine. That shows you how good the base­line is.

Al­though the team didn’t pro­duce the head­line-grab­bing lap times in the Barcelona tests, the sim­ple rea­son for that is be­cause it didn’t need to. Al­ready con­fi­dent of its abil­ity to ex­tract one-lap pace from the Sil­ver Ar­row, it chose in­stead to fo­cus its at­ten­tion on the longer runs and get­ting the most from the Pirelli tyres. Once again, it looked the most im­pres­sive. It’s hardly worth go­ing down the book­ies, is it?

Car: RB12 En­gine: TAG Heuer First GP: Aus­tralia 2005 Races: 203 Wins: 50 Poles: 57 Fastest laps: 47 Points: Driv­ers’ ti­tles: 4 Con­struc­tors’ ti­tles: 4

NUM­BER 3 DANIEL RIC­CIA­RDO (AUS)

De­but: Bri­tain 2011 Races: 88 Wins: 3 Poles: 0 Fastest laps: 4 Points: 360 Driv­ers’ ti­tles:

NUM­BER 26 DANIIL KVYAT (RUS)

De­but: Aus­tralia 2014 Races: 37 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest laps: 0 Points: 103 Best re­sult:

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