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Are Ferrari Actually Closing the Gap to Mercedes? What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

All the talk coming into the 2016 Formula One season was how Ferrari were finally catching up to Mercedes after two years of Silver Arrows domination. "We know more or less where we are compared to Ferrari—which is why I say for sure it is close," said Mercedes' Nico Rosberg after the final pre-season test, per ESPN F1's Nate Saunders. "But we are not sure if we are ahead or behind." After qualifying at the first race, in Australia, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen said of Mercedes, "Obviously they are very fast but I don’t think we should be too worried," per's Phillip van Osten. Of course, Rosberg won the first two races for Mercedes with his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, finishing second in Australia and third in Bahrain. Those ...

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