Ferrari the closest it's been since testing

Ferrari the closest it's been since testing

There looked to be nothing to choose between Ferrari and Mercedes in pre-season testing at Barcelona, but then the Silver Arrows went on a winning streak. BEN ANDERSON assesses how close Ferrari looks now F1 is back in Spain

Ferrari and Mercedes looked neck and neck in testing at Barcelona back in February, and after a difficult start to the season Ferrari must feel the Spanish Grand Prix represents its best chance yet to beat Mercedes in 2016.

Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg completed qualifying simulations on the soft tyre back in February that were almost impossible to separate. The new Ferrari looked fast, looked set to maybe challenge Mercedes finally, properly, for the world championship.

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