Could it really be that in just two weeks the massive advantage Mercedes had during the Australian Grand Prix weekend has been so rapidly eroded?
Friday practice at Sepang certainly suggested that the gap has closed, even if intuitively the 0.061s that covered pacesetter Nico Rosberg's Mercedes, Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull-Renault at the end of the day seems too good to be true.
The four fastest cars over a single lap - Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams - all on their fresh-tyre run on the quicker, medium-compound Pirelli rubber, were covered by just two tenths of a second.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.