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5 Things We Learned from Day 1 of the 2nd 2016 Formula 1 Pre-Season Test

It was always bound to be a matter of time, a question of when. Mercedes have operated under the radar for much of Formula One testing, allowing their rivals to pursue fast times as the two-time world champions—safe in the knowledge they are fast enough—worked on making their W07 car reliable enough. But shortly before lunch on the opening day of the second and final test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, the act was dropped as Nico Rosberg helped himself to a set of soft-compound tyres and blew the opposition away. His time of one minute, 23.022 seconds proved beyond doubt that Mercedes, for all of Ferrari's hopes and ambitions, remain the team to beat in 2016. With a look at Williams' impressive performance, M...

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