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And last Sunday in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix we got our latest reminder, with the Sebastian Vettel-Ferrari combination facing down Mercedes and winning, and doing so by little more than pure race pace. An outcome which, despite some advance pointers, not all that many were predicting. They certainly weren't used to it.
But with it comes a big question. Is Vettel's stunning Melbourne win the shape of things to come or will the Mercedes empire strike back?
For Motorsport Week I investigate. You can have a read of my take here: https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14165