So we're three races in and already it's pretty clear which team you need to be working for if you want to be winning races this year. The guys inside that Mercedes pit will already be thinking about winning both world titles come the end of the season, even if they wouldn't dream of saying it in public just yet.
At the moment I'm sure it's all very jovial and a great place to be as both sides of the garage happily trade pole positions and race wins. But what's going to be most interesting is how the team, let alone the two drivers, handle the increased pressure, increased competitiveness and the increased tension as we approach the sharp end of the campaign.
I've seen teams go to incredible lengths to keep data, information and ideas top secret from their main competitors. We've had bizarre, bordering on ridiculous, covers for parts of the cars to stop people seeing what we're up to. These may well have kept our wing angles or spring settings hidden for a short while longer, but I can assure you they're a complete pain in the arse for us mechanics, as it often made it difficult to do our jobs with them in the way.
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