This time next week, the Australian Grand Prix weekend will be halfway spent .
Lewis believes Ferrari is bluffing, Sebastian says the same of Mercedes, Christian Horner insists the Silver Arrows remain the ones to beat while there is an uncharacteristic silence from Maranello.
As we keep saying, Barcelona appeared to pose more questions than it answered, and while the lap times can be influenced by such factors as fuel loads, reliability can’t.
Therefore, while there is certain sense of déjà vu, Ferrari having topped the timesheets in pre-season testing last year, this year the Italian outfit’s reliability is much improved.
As for pace, Auto Motor und Sport took the best sector times and concluded that Ferrari’s delta lap would be a 1:18.435, compared with Mercedes (1:19.040) Williams (1:19.247) and Red Bull (1:19.402).
While we cannot be sure who’s truly hot, we know that McLaren is most certainly not. Indeed, with just a week before the season opener there is widespread speculation in terms of the Woking outfit parting company with Honda, some even suggesting that Manor’s (Mercedes) engines could be put to good use