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Australian GP Shows Ferrari Can Replace Red Bull as Mercedes’ Closest Challenger

Sebastian Vettel scored a third-place finish in his Ferrari debut at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, confirming the Italian team's strong preseason showing. The Melbourne race, which kicked off the 2015 Formula One season, might also have confirmed a changing of the guard at the front end of the grid. Last year, after four straight championship seasons, Red Bull were Mercedes' closest challengers, winning three races and finishing second in the constructors' standings. But now, as the Bulls continue to struggle with unreliable and under-powered Renault engines, Ferrari have made a huge leap forward. Along with Williams, Ferrari are set to replace Red Bull as the team to push Mercedes. A disappointing 2014 for Ferrari—two podiums...

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