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F1 Australian GP: Fast Ferrari starts were tipped as Mercedes investigates own

Christian Horner suggests Ferrari's excellent Australian Grand Prix starts weren't necessarily a fluke, as Mercedes looks in its slow getaways.
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen's stunning getaway from the lights at the Australian Grand Prix may not be a mere fluke according to Christian Horner, who said his team had noticed how rapid Ferrari's starts had been in testing.

The two former champions rocketed from third and fourth to first and second on the opening lap of the Albert Park race, demoting the front row Mercedes' as they appeared to get bogged down.

Though Nico Rosberg recovered during the red flag interrupted race to defeat Vettel and claim the first win of the 2016 season, Mercedes has revealed it will look into its procedures to understand if human factors or a fundamental issue played a part in a slow getaway.

“Our practice starts weren't very good,” Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said. “To be honest I don't know what happened at the start, we need to analyse what it could have been and we are looking to fix it.

“Lewis was a couple of metres worse than Nico's from what we measured and I'm not quite sure whether it was a hardware or software problem or just reaction.”

However, Red Bull boss Horner suggests the emphasis on the disparate getaways may be more towards Ferrari, revealing that he had spotted it was producing rapid starts in pre-season testing.

“Ferrari ran a lot closer to Mercedes,” he said when asked if he felt Ferrari had a chance against Mercedes thisi year. “They were aided by a fantastic start, we saw that in pre-season, their starts have been really strong.”
by Ollie Barstow

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March 22, 2016 6:40 PM

Hamilton's first and second off the line go's were much better than his race start. At least Merc are keeping things equal. After the qualifying shambles, who could blame Merc for keeping things more interesting.

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