The biggest losers if Ferrari’s worst fears come true

After a promising 2019 Formula 1 season fell short for Ferrari, the team intended to challenge for honours in 2020 – but instead, the new SF1000 doesn’t look like a title contender. If that’s true, both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will have to dig deep to recover

If, as it expects, Ferrari is behind Mercedes and Red Bull in Melbourne this weekend, then it’s not just Formula 1 fans hoping for a season-long three-team fight for the titles that surely will be feeling frustrated.

Just as it seemed that rules stability and the varying strengths of the designs produced by the top three teams (Mercedes – all-round downforce, Red Bull – peak downforce, Ferrari – engine power) would set up a battle for the ages in 2020, the projected order in pre-season testing led to Ferrari insisting it had slipped back.

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