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Sebastian Vettel moves to play down rivals' long-run F1 test pace

Sebastian Vettel has raised doubts over the long-run pace that rivals Mercedes and Red Bull were able to display during Formula 1 pre-season testing. Formula 1 teams gathered at Spanish Grand Prix venue Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for eight days of running, with race simulations prioritised towards the end of the gathering. Mercedes captured the attention with a strong race simulation, leading to suggestions it is ahead of the pack, including Ferrari – its main 2017 rival, with Red Bull having made gains. However, Mercedes conducted its race simulation on Pirelli’s Medium tyres, with regulations stipulating that two dry-weather compounds must be used in a Grand Prix. It is...
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