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Analysing the Size of Mercedes’ Speed Advantage over F1 Rivals

There can be no doubt that Mercedes is the class of the Formula One field so far in 2014. Two utterly commanding victories in the first two races have led to comparisons with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's dominance in the second half of last season. And while the template of qualifying near the front, sprinting out to a large early lead and then controlling the race is familiar from 2013, this season is actually more reminiscent of 2009. That year, Brawn GP exploited a new technical development—the double diffuser—to allow Jenson Button to build an early lead in the Drivers' Championship that proved insurmountable even once the other teams caught up.  This year, Mercedes seems to have the total package under th...

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