MID-TERM RE­PORT

Peter Wind­sor’s laser in­sight into the bat­tles that mat­ter

F1 Racing - - FRONT PAGE -

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…

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