Date: 14th April 2016 at 9:37am
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One of the big talking points over the winter was whether or not Ferrari could really mount a challenge to Mercedes in 2016.

The indications during the two winter test sessions in Barcelona were that Ferrari had indeed developed a car that was much closer matched to Mercedes then the previous challengers.

But the Silver Arrows were far and away the more reliable, struggling to break their car, the driving duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg often had to share duties as the car could last longer than they could physically.

Ferrari didn’t have this problem, with the car suffering from numerous reliability issues.

Those problems have continued into the start of the 2016 Formula One World Championship.

In Australia, Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire whilst Sebastian Vettel went on to finish third and in Bahrain, Vettel was unable to even start the race whilst Kimi went on to finish second.

‘We are still positive about what the team has built over the winter, It hasn’t been ideal first two races for the team, we had two podiums, but to not score and not finish isn’t what we wanted.’ Kimi told

He continued: ‘We have a good package but we need to improve it and make it better, The car has improved in all areas. It is brand new ? it is the team work that has brought a better package.

‘It is still not as good as we want to be, but this is a fairly good car and we go from there.