After two years of domination by Mercedes in Formula One, 2016 is speculated to finally see the Italian giant, Ferrari threatening the German team for the constructor’s title. The pre-season testing ended with Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel topping the time charts which gives a push to this speculation. Mercedes have not shown their full might yet and the reason for that is well known: to stay away from the limelight and keep their actual performance in suspense.
This season would be hosting 21 races the highest ever which means that cars that are high on reliability both in terms of performance and engine will be having an upper hand. Ferrari even though were faster did not log in half as many laps as Mercedes did. Ferrari as a team is very good with strategy and a highly efficient unit. Last year with a below par car, they managed to still win three races and scored more podium points than 2013 and 2014 combined.
Ferrari whenever possible, put pressure on Mercedes and exposed some of their weaknesses during the race, especially Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari are certainly moving in the right direction and making progress in terms of achieving race pace equal to Mercedes however will their performance last the full season or get better is what remains to be seen.
Mercedes have downplayed themselves this season expecting the teams of Ferrari and Honda-McLaren to do well. Fans would definitely like to see some competition and intense races on weekends. Red Bull and Renault also are expected to put up a good show this season with strong testing results. With Mercedes refusing to grant itself a dominant position for the 2016 season, starting 20th March at Australia, perhaps Formula One’s fans stand to gain the most.