Ferrari has emphatically won the testing war

Ferrari has emphatically won the testing war

With the 2019 pre-season testing period over, it's clear the fights at the front and in the midfield are very tight. But one team appears to be leaving Barcelona with a clear advantage

Were a qualifying session and grand prix to be staged at Barcelona right now, the evidence of pre-season testing suggests Ferrari would win from pole position. Ferrari has won the testing war. Emphatically.

All the usual caveats apply. There won't be a grand prix in Spain until May, there's two weeks to go before the phoney war turns into something real, and teams will have upgrades to deploy in Australia. We also can't be entirely sure about fuel loads, engine modes and exact run plans. But every single indicator, whether it's short runs, long runs, trackside impressions or paddock gossip, points in one direction: Ferrari is fastest.

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