Ferrari stronger than it looks in Abu Dhabi
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Ferrari stronger than it looks in Abu Dhabi

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The headline times suggest Ferrari is in for a tough weekend to see out the 2015 F1 season, but BEN ANDERSON believes the true data tells a different, more optimistic story

On the face of it, a Formula 1 finale in Abu Dhabi should represent good news for Ferrari. The Scuderia has improved its engine substantially this season, to the point where Mercedes' Niki Lauda reckons it's on a par with his team's power unit, and the Yas Marina circuit is a sequence of long straights punctuated by a sequence of short 90-degree turns of the type that Sebastian Vettel thrived on in Singapore.

But a glance at the headline times suggests Ferrari is struggling here, particularly in the final sector of lap, where most of those 90-degree twists are situated.

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