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GP Week : Issue 218
picking the pecking order After three races a solid picture of the 2015 Formula 1 pecking order is beginning to emerge. While it was always expected that Mercedes would be the head of the class, the smart money was on Williams to reaffirm itself as the next best team. It was then predicted that Ferrari, Williams and Lotus would all be closely matched in a tight battle for the midfield. The true picture though is rather different. Mercedes is at the top of the class but doesn't have the margin most expected. Furthermore it's pursued not by Williams but by Ferrari, which has shown it has strong race pace but is someway off the Mercedes in qualifying trim. Behind them, and at some distance, is a lonely Williams team which has shown itself to have more than enough to escape the midfield mayhem but not enough to challenge for a podium on outright pace. Below Williams it all gets rather muddied with Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Sauber showing form. After three races Red Bull has emerged as the leader of that little group but hasn't made the most of its opportunities to really hit that advantage home. As a result it sits just a single point clear of Toro Rosso while Sauber has been reinvigorated courtesy of an updated Ferrari engine. At the back of the pack Manor trails rather predictably by some distance with McLaren next slowest. However, as the season wears on that will change as the Woking squad comes to terms with the brand new Honda engine. In China it already showed it's making strides towards Force India which is desperately hanging out for its B-Spec car. Until then having one car escape Q3 will be the highlight of its weekend. 23 GPWEEK.com // 23 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: