It will take a miracle for any team to come close to rivalling the Mercedes in 2015, following their dominance last season, during which Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious.
The team are so far ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of development and raw pace. Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will no doubt be the quickest drivers on the grid again when the next campaign starts in Melbourne, Australia, on March 15.
Although I believe that the Rosberg vs. Hamilton duel may cool down this season, I still think we will see some fantastic battles and very close racing as we did previously, with Bahrain a prime example.
The best of the rest, most likely, will be a competition between Williams and Red Bull, similar to last season. With Danny Ricciardo showing how good of a driver he is in last year's car - seeing him challenge the Williams on a number of occasions, and coming the closest of the drivers to threaten Rosberg and Hamilton - he be one to watch again for Red Bull.
I can see McLaren having a very slow start to the season, primarily due to the Honda engine, even if Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, with their combined years of experience, are the best drivers to use a developing engine.
Perhaps by mid-season though, when they have driven the new engine and car competitively, they could challenge the likes of Red Bull. However, the results from winter testing so far have proven there is a lot to learn, with the return of the Honda engines a definite set back for McLaren, but one that may pay off in a few season's time.
The same goes for Ferrari, who have stated that even two wins next season will be a great achievement for them. The bar has been set very low, and I think it is safe to say that we won’t be seeing the Ferrari as a serious competitor for the World Championship for at least another couple of years.
There is no doubt from myself, and perhaps the majority of Formula 1 fans, that the Mercedes will continue to dominate the grid not only next season, but for many more to come.
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