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    TOP 10: Lewis Hamilton's best F1 wins
    TOP 10: Lewis Hamilton's best F1 wins

    STEP The 2019 battle between Ferrari and Mercedes looks set to be as fierce and unrelenting as it was last year, with the two teams ending winter testing on Friday separated by just 0.003s – Sebastian Vettel ahead of Lewis Hamilton at Spain's Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

    Before taking over his Mercedes W10 for the day from team mate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton used his lunchtime media session to suggest that Ferrari had a half second advantage over Mercedes currently. But that didn’t appear to be the case, as Hamilton trumped first Bottas’ time, before just failing to pip Vettel’s.

    And if Ferrari were unhappy about appearing to have their advantage wiped away, there was more bad news, after an electrical issue on Sebastian Vettel’s car caused him to stop out on track early on in the afternoon session, bringing out the red flags. With the team claiming the issue would take too long to fix, the SF90 was put back in its box and the team ended their 2019 pre-season test early.

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    Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11 Mercedes, collides with race leader Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 Tag Heuer during the Brazilian GP on November 11, 2018 in Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Brazil. (Photo by Steve Etherington / LAT Images)

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