As we head ever closer to the first round of the new season, new Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari don't hold all the cards prior to hitting the Melbourne circuit.
With Ferrari having spent a productive two weeks in Barcelona during pre-season testing, enjoying plenty of laps with the new SF90 and team mates Vettel and Leclerc often hovering around the head of the laptime charts, many believe Ferrari have an advantage over their rivals in terms of single lap and long run pace - something that new Ferrari Team Principle Mattia Binotto was quick to dismiss prior to jetting off to the opening race.
"I'm happy to know that (Mercedes driver Lewis) Hamilton believes we are faster, but I believe they are very strong," Binotto said about the team he expects to once again be fighting this season. "I believe that Mercedes will be very, very strong in Australia, and I think it would be completely wrong to think we are faster than them.
"I'm not expecting them to be behind us. I think they will be very, very close
With Mercedes having dominated Formula One since the start of the hybrid turbo era in 2014, it would be refreshing for many fans to see a resurgent Ferrari take the lead in the performance stakes this season, especially with the new and potentially explosive driver pairing of Sebastian Vettel and debutant Charles Leclerc, a line up that should prove one of the most interesting talking points as the season progresses.
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