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As Ferrari struggles, Mercedes just keeps on getting better

So much of the post-Chinese Grand Prix focus lay on Ferrari: its use of team orders; its strategic confusion; its failure – again – to put up any kind of fight for victory. But more has to be made of Mercedes’ achievements in the early part of the season which, remarkably, dwarf anything achieved in the sport in the past 27 years. Not since 1992 has a team taken one-two finishes at the opening three races of the season, when Nigel Mansell led home Riccardo Patrese for Williams in South Africa, Mexico and Brazil. For Mercedes to have managed the feat now seemed unthinkable in pre-season. Even after overcoming its struggles at the first test to seem competitive by the close of play in...
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