Practice points to titanic Ferrari vs Mercedes battle

Practice points to titanic Ferrari vs Mercedes battle

Save for Lewis Hamilton's on-track heroics in the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes and Ferrari haven't been in the same pace bracket so far in the 2019 Formula 1 season. The evidence of Friday's Chinese Grand Prix practice suggests that is about to change

Mercedes and Ferrari were, near as makes no difference, bang on the same pace in Friday practice for the Chinese Grand Prix. After the dramatic swings across pre-season testing and the first two race weekends in Australia and Bahrain, with Ferrari, then Mercedes, then Ferrari again having the fastest underlying pace, will the 1000th world championship race be the first tight battle between the pair of the season?

The answer is, very possibly, because there were also indications that long-run pace for Ferrari and Mercedes might also be very similar. But there were also aspects of the Bahrain performance that carried over.

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