False dawn or real hope for F1 testing's silent star?
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False dawn or real hope for F1 testing's silent star?

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Ferrari topped the times on day two of Formula 1's first pre-season test of 2017, raising hopes of the Scuderia legitimately challenging Mercedes this year. And the positive signs extend beyond the timing screens

Coming into 2017, all the talk has been of whether Red Bull can build on the genuine momentum it gathered last season and utilise the aerodynamic potential offered by the new regulations to properly challenge Mercedes for the Formula 1 title.

Ferrari has not exactly been an afterthought - the grandest and richest team in F1 could never be that - but there hasn't exactly been a swell of expectation that the Prancing Horse is going to be the one galloping through Mercedes' prize orchard and snaffling its best apples.

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