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Is Red Bull F1's only hope of a Mercedes challenge in 2020?

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Although hopes of Formula 1 experimenting with a reversed grid in the second of the two Austrian grands prix have fallen by the wayside, keeping things the same will still provide an indication of what to expect in future double-headers

In another age, before the expected 2020 calendar was swept away by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, six days of pre-season testing at Barcelona provided a theoretical guide to this year's Formula 1 pecking order.

Anybody hoping for clear signs that Mercedes had suddenly produced a dud with the W11 was left disappointed, as the team that has claimed all 12 titles since 2014 topped the times at both three-day tests. But there was delicious drama behind - indeed, in the back of the W11, as Mercedes twice had to swap engines as reliability problems dogged the reigning champion squad, and impacted customer team Williams.

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