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Ten things we've learned from the first F1 test
Possible problems at Mercedes, cars getting quicker despite rule changes that should've slowed them, bargeboards become the tech headlines and Honda is happy - here are the main talking points from the first F1 test of 2019
The first test of the Formula 1 season used to be dismissed as little more than a glorified shakedown, but as the schedule has condensed to just eight days in recent years, teams have no choice but to aggressively pursue their programme from the moment the systems checks are complete.
That means the picture surrounding each team emerges quicker than it used to. You don't necessarily know how every car on the grid compares to its nine rivals, but there are a decent number of signals coming out of each set of garages that start to paint the picture of who's in for a good year, and who's already under pressure with the Australian Grand Prix looming on the horizon.
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