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Why Ferrari might rue costly errors in Jeddah as the leaders get closer

With the Formula 1 weekend in Saudi Arabia now going ahead as planned, there's the small matter of a race to prepare for. After winning in Bahrain, Ferrari is looking to continue its battle with Red Bull over the victory spoils. But, after both drivers crashed in FP2, the Scuderia has made life difficult for itself in Jeddah

A major measure of success come the end of this first season of Formula 1’s newest ground-effect era will be the number teams duking it out for the constructors’ crown. If it’s to be two, the status quo will have been upheld after the most recent Mercedes and Red Bull duel. Any advance on that, the radical technical overhaul will have tangibly made the sharp end of the grid more competitive.

The slight problem last time out in Bahrain, however, was that Ferrari had simply replaced Mercedes in the duopoly rather than create a three-way fight for the ages. As the Silver Arrows again struggled with porpoising like in testing, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell slipped into an effective no-man’s land - adrift of the top but ahead of the midfield pack.

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