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The current Renault team has won races and titles in multiple guises, and has grand plans for expansion and progress. But Mercedes and the current state of Formula 1 itself are making catch-up missions harder than ever.
Mercedes was first to hit the track in pre-season testing at Jerez at the start of the V6 turbo hybrid Formula 1 era in 2014; it has remained one step ahead since.
Pre-season testing suggests that a fifth consecutive drivers' and constructors' championship double, one that would elevate it to the same statistical dominance as the Ferrari supremacy of 2000-04, is eminently achievable.
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