The booster shot F1 sorely needed

The booster shot F1 sorely needed

If a week is a long time in sport, two weeks has proven an eternity in Formula 1. After Ferrari stopped Mercedes in its tracks at Sepang, the negativity that followed the season opener has been replaced by quiet optimism for the season ahead, BEN ANDERSON says

After all the doom mongering about the competitive state of Formula 1 in Australia, following another dominant one-two finish for the Mercedes drivers, last Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix provided the perfect tonic.

Complaints about a lack of opposition and the need for the FIA to look at equalising engine performance were swiftly silenced, as Sebastian Vettel shocked the established order (and himself!) by beating Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in a straight fight at Sepang. As Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted afterwards: "We were beaten fair and square".

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