Three months left. It’s already been seven months since that weekend in March that inaugurated the new season of Formula 1 with the Australian Grand Prix, as well as the beginning of the Mercedes supremacy. After sixteen (of the nineteen) appointments and thirteen won (with Hamilton and Rosberg), the first verdict arrived: at Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes won its first World Constructors’ Championship in history.
The internal challenge is open: Lewis Hamilton leads the standings, with 291 points thanks to the nine personal successes, +17 on the team-mate Nico, who can count on only four seals. Only the Red Bull #3 of Daniel Ricciardo managed to stop three times (Canada, Hungary, Belgium) this supremacy, putting the team-mate Sebastian Vettel in a difficult position. In Japan Vettel greeted Horner&C; his future destination is well-known (in Ferrari instead of Fernando Alonso), but has not been announced yet. In his place, there’ll come the young Russian Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso that’s been promoted in a top team only after a year of F1. Therefore, drivers’ market is animated as a domino.
Together with the Australian of RB, the other great surprise of 2014 is certainly Bottas’ and Massa’s Williams. In particular, the Finnish has been great protagonist of numerous podiums that launched the English team in third place (216 points), between Red Bull (342) and Ferrari (188). Considering these results, since long time the team has confirmed its drivers. To this day, Valtteri Bottas occupies the fourth place with 145 points, while the Brazilian team-mate is stationary only in ninth place with a poor result of 71 points. Behind the Finnish, there’s the four-times World Champion Sebastian Vettel (143) and the Ferrari’s twice World Champion Fernando Alonso (141) that will have to watch their backs from Jenson Button, who’s making great progresses as well as growth ready to attack the fourth place in Constructors standings, occupied by the team of Maranello.
Only 45 points separate Ferrari and McLaren, the fourth and fifth place respectively. With still three appointments (Austin, Interlagos and Yas Marina), all games are still open. Let’s not forget that the weird regulations provide for double score in Abu Dhabi. The situation behind them is more stable, with Force India in sixth place, before Toro Rosso and Lotus.
The biggest disappointment is Sauber, still in tenth place with zero points and behind even the small Marussia that, thanks to the two points of Jules Bianchi won in Monte Carlo, touches the sky with a finger in ninth place. Not least, Lotus of Grosjean and Maldonado (8 points and eighth place) slowed down by the problems of Renault.
1 Mercedes 565
2 Red Bull Racing-Renault 342
3 Williams-Mercedes 216
4 Ferrari 188
5 McLaren-Mercedes 143
6 Force India-Mercedes 123
7 STR-Renault 29
8 Lotus-Renault 8
9 Marussia-Ferrari 2
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0
1 Lewis Hamilton British Mercedes 291
2 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 274
3 Daniel Ricciardo Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 199
4 Valtteri Bottas Finnish Williams-Mercedes 145
5 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 143
6 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 141
7 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 94
8 Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes 76
9 Felipe Massa Brazilian Williams-Mercedes 71
10 Kevin Magnussen Danish McLaren-Mercedes 49