Could Ferrari really have won in Bahrain?

Could Ferrari really have won in Bahrain?

Ferrari was bullish in defeat in Bahrain, suggesting its cars had the pace to beat Mercedes had circumstances been slightly different. BEN ANDERSON analyses that claim

Two races down and already it looks as though Ferrari has a mountain to climb if it wants to seriously challenge Mercedes for the Formula 1 world championship. Mercedes holds a 50-point advantage in the constructors' race, and neither of Ferrari's chargers sits inside the top three in the drivers' standings.

Yes Ferrari could have won against the odds with a better strategy call in Melbourne, but the SF16-H was still fundamentally slower than the W07 throughout the Australian Grand Prix. To win that race on what Sebastian Vettel called one of Ferrari's worst tracks would have been opportunistic, and it was ultimately an opportunity missed, but not merited on pace alone.

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