Ferrari's progress from disaster to 2020 contender

Ferrari's progress from disaster to 2020 contender

Even though Mercedes looks poised to interrupt Ferrari's run of pacesetting form in Japan, the changes made at Maranello appear to have tackled this year's key weaknesses and set up a proper 2020 title fight

Six weeks ago, Ferrari's 2019 season could be generously described as bitterly disappointing. Less charitably, given the form it showed in pre-season testing - when those inside the team, at Mercedes and in the rest of the field all expected it to set the pace come the Australian Grand Prix - it could be called disastrous.

In the opening 12 races, Ferrari either squandered the pace it had in its car or couldn't hold a candle to Mercedes, to the point where Red Bull ended the first half of the season as the biggest threat to the Silver Arrows.

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