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WRITE TO US Motorsport News Haymarket Consumer Media, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SP Saturday was rubbish, but Mercedes v Ferrari looks promising
So, after the farce of qualifying, we had a decent grand prix to open the Formula 1 season. As hoped, Ferrari did give Mercedes a run and it would have been interesting to see if Sebastian Vettel could have won in Australia without the red flag, as Ferrari thinks.
Of course, making predictions after one race is dangerous, particularly on a street/park circuit like Melbourne. But Ferrari looks stronger than last year and that’s exactly what we wanted. Nico Rosberg getting off to a good start is also promising. As Lewis Hamilton showed last year, if the number 44 Mercedes gets out front early on, it’s all over. A chasing Lewis is hungry and could mean we have a title fight even if the SF16-H doesn’t prove a match for the F1 W07 Hybrid. Other good signs include Red Bull’s chassis,the ever-more interesting team dynamic at Toro Rosso and the fact we have a competitive new F1 team.
One slight concern I have is that there is a small undercurrent of feeling that the qualifying format won’t necessarily revert to the previous system, that another new method could be tried. For some things, change can be good, but F1’s big issues are not to be found in qualifying. Just go back to what we had before and focus on more important things. Kevin Turner, Editor
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