Date: 5th April 2016 at 9:18am
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2016 was supposed to be the year that Ferrari took the fight to Mercedes at the front end of the grid.

But it hasn’t quite worked out that way thus far.

On one lap race pace, Mercedes still hold a clear advantage with the opening two rounds of the championship seeing front row lock outs for the Silver Arrows.

Ferrari do also not have the race pace to take it to Mercedes from behind, although there were signs in Australia that if Ferrari can obtain track position they can control a race from the front.

But another problem Ferrari has and this was highlighted in winter testing in Barcelona was reliability.

Kimi Raikkonen suffered and engine failure in Australia and Sebastian Vettel also suffered with an engine problem which prevented him from making the start in Bahrain.

However the four-time Formula One World Champion is not overly concerned.

‘It was a surprise what Kimi suffered in Australia. I think we fixed it, and if it’s the same thing again probably not, but I don’t think it is,’ Vettel told motorsport.com.

‘I saw smoke coming out and then we decided to stop. Why? I don’t know yet. Obviously frustrating.

‘We’ll see whether the engine has damage or not.’


Indications are that the faults were not the same.

Raikkonen suffered a turbo failure which caused an airbox fire, whilst Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene believes Vettel suffered a broken valve or injector.