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The new F1 season gets underway next month

Will Hamilton continue his dominance or can his rivals close the gap?

F1 Car SunsetThe 2014-15 season was pretty much a one horse race right until Lewis Hamilton had all but confirmed his second world title as a Mercedes driver and his third title in all, to match that of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna.

With only his closest rival and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg making anywhere near a challenge to his dominance, this season may prove to be more of the same unless the chasing pack can change the game. It’s still early days with official testing yet to start in Catalonia on February 22 but already, some are predicting that Ferrari might make a better fight of it this time around.

The official Formula One season starts as always in Melbourne, Australia with first practice scheduled for March 18, 2016 and only then will we get a glimpse at how much the off-season development has affected the cars and their drives. Some voices from inside the paddock are suggesting that the Scuderia have been working tirelessly around the clock to get their car to its full potential. Ferrari fans will hope so.

The back of last season showed they had taken great strides with some impressive podium finishes and the odd win for German Sebastian Vettel who will no doubt be desperate to close the gap on the current world champ. British fans may not like to hear that the four-time world champion may be getting the car his reputation deserves yet, with many fans saying the sport has gotten boring of late, perhaps a classic rivalry between Ferrari and Mercedes is exactly what the sport needs to give it a lease of life. Whatever happens, we predict this season won’t be anywhere near as clear cut as last.

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This year, Sky Sports F1 is really the only place worth watching live Formula One races as the BBC in a surprise cost-cutting decision, decided to suddenly axe it’s existing coverage of the sport early, now with the contracts remaining term to be assumed by Channel 4, with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone desperate to ensure that the sport gets a decent level of coverage on terrestrial television, to prevent audiences levels plummeting and the sport effectively going into exile.

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