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