Peter Windsor’s laser insight into the battles that matter
Fundamentally, 2014 has been about rebalancing. For Mercedes, domination after several seasons of wearying underachievement. For Red Bull, a fall from grace – but not one as spectacular as some had fancied after those disastrous pre-season tests. For Williams, a welcome and longanticipated return to form, wrapped in a crisp new Martini-striped look. A wealth of fresh narratives after so many Seb Vettel lights-to-flag wins.
You wonder, therefore, why so many teams haven’t risen to the challenge – why they’re still following the same wretchedly familiar stories of seasons past. McLaren and Ferrari still chasing their tails, seemingly locked in an endless cycle of transitional seasons in which a return to form is always just around the corner – once the latest tech department restructure has taken effect, of course. Teams at the back struggling for performance, TV exposure and sponsorship, living hand-to-mouth and casting about for rent-a-drivers. The more things change, the more they stay the same…