The one area Mercedes is losing
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The one area Mercedes is losing

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Mercedes may have a perfect championship record in Formula 1's turbo-hybrid era - which it looks set to extend in 2019 - but the main battleground that pushed it to the front of the grid is now being won by another team

Mercedes may be set to maintain its perfect championship record in Formula 1's turbo-hybrid era, but, as the championship bursts back into life this weekend, the fact it is not favourite to win at Spa offers a fascinating insight into how nothing ever stands still in F1's competitive landscape.

Ferrari's gains on the power front have been noticeable in recent years and have left it heading to Belgium, and its home race in Italy next week, widely acknowledged as the team to beat in those events - despite its winless season so far.

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