Ferrari's 2017 was a bittersweet affair, but the blueprint that facilitated its revival means it may not have blown its only chance to topple Mercedes.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. With a chill pill for Sebastian Vettel in Azerbaijan and Singapore, plus a different spark plug in Japan, we could be sitting here now reflecting on a full-blown title resurrection for Ferrari.
But top-level sport is not about ifs and buts, and Ferrari's Asian collapse - Vettel's needless crash in Singapore and the engine problems in Malaysia and Japan - effectively derailed what until then had been a nailbiter with Mercedes.
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