“Af­ter round two of the 2014 cham­pi­onship in Malaysia, I gave thought to how this mo­men­tous new sea­son is go­ing…”

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Mo­men­tous be­cause never be­fore has F1 seen so many ma­jor reg­u­la­tion changes. All-new three-in-one hy­brid power units, the re­turn of tur­bos, de­mand­ing fuel con­sump­tion rules, new aero­dy­nam­ics, and the ever-present need to look af­ter the tyres. A whole new sce­nario for both driv­ers and en­gi­neers – and they’ve risen to the chal­lenge mag­nif­i­cently. Some bet­ter than oth­ers, but then that’s what rac­ing is all about.

Take Mercedes. Con­ven­tional wis­dom sug­gests it takes time for a new or re­cov­er­ing team to get up to speed and 2014 is year five of their come­back. Their de­ter­mi­na­tion, ded­i­ca­tion and ex­pen­di­ture is now pay­ing off and well de­served it is, too. A word here for the much-missed Ross Brawn, who has lit­er­ally gone fish­ing af­ter his de­par­ture from the team he so pa­tiently built up. Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe took over a strong or­gan­i­sa­tion on the brink of suc­cess, and have been gen­er­ous in their praise of Ross’s team­build­ing and lead­er­ship. F1 needs people like him, so let’s hope we see him back in a new role.

I re­joice for Wil­liams’ new-found form. They have been in the dol­drums for too long, but their

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