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Ferrari is going into the 2019 season as the title favourite and with a refreshed atmosphere under new boss Mattia Binotto. But there's a long championship battle ahead, and plenty of scope for the problems that have knocked it off course before to occur again.
No matter what the metric used or the position held in the paddock, every verdict from Formula 1 testing was the same: Ferrari was ahead, and would arrive at the Australian Grand Prix as the favourite. In the past two years Ferrari has not even needed to have the fastest car to win in Melbourne, so the prospect of it holding an advantage over Mercedes is ominous.
But another victory in the season opener would not necessarily be an omen for Ferrari ending its title drought. After all, despite being defeated in each of the last two years in Australia, Mercedes has recovered to sweep both the drivers' and constructors' championship.
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