The test has been over since three days ago, and from the looks of it, the general accepted view that Mercedes have a super chance of winning the championships this season are not unfounded. They have been building towards this season after all, with the signing of Lewis Hamilton and the switch to 2014 development earlier than Red Bull. It will be good for the sport to finally see a team break the recent Red Bull monopoly.
And even better still, McLaren seem to be back on form. I do pity Martin Whitmarsh, who is nowhere to be seen, but Eric Boullier is a fantastic signing for them, and Magnussen looks like the real deal. Could he be the second coming of Hamilton? We’ll find out in a couple of weeks’ time.
I have a fondness for the British teams/drivers, mainly because I usually peruse BBC Sport for my daily updates, and the bias has gotten to me too. Not to mention I do follow the EPL, and there’s the former British colonial rule to consider. That aside, I do hope to see Ferrari compete at the higher echelons again. They’ve had their problems with the wind tunnel for years now, but this year looks decent for them.
Lotus has the funkiest nose in the paddock, which I admire. And they look to be the best Renault-powered car at the moment, which is good, because I do enjoy seeing Lotus do well. They are not a big budget team, and supporting the underdogs is always cool. Not to mention their Twitter feed is one of the funniest.
Red Bull, oh Red Bull. I wish I could sympathise with their problems, but they have plenty of resources to claw back into the game. And while it’s amazing in hindsight to see them break records like Michael Schumacher did with Ferrari, it gets boring when you’re in the moment of their dominance. So nope, no sympathy for Red Bull.
As for the midfield teams, like any casual-turn-semi-pro follower of any sport, I generally don’t pay much attention to them. Toro Rosso have their issues like their sister team, and along with Force India have the ugliest, phallic-shaped anteater noses I’ve seen. Sauber have looked decent, and so do Williams, and I do hope they can challenge the big boys for points, especially now that reliability will win races, not outright speed.
As for the backmarkers, Marussia are in deep trouble, and Caterham are looking good (and terrible at the same time…goodness, that nose) so far.
I enjoy watching Kobayashi Kamui race; he’s quite the overtaker. I’m glad he’s back in the sport, having raised funds himself to get the drive (and doing that for free). Paul Di Resta is a decent driver too, which makes me wonder why any team wants Adrian Sutil over him (I’m looking at you, Sauber). Of course, Sutil has his strengths, but Di Resta looks a better racer, and while he does throw some tantrums, he’s been better overall than Sutil IMO.
I do hope Hamilton wins the championship. He’s someone I really enjoy watching race, along with Alonso’s never-say-die attitude to Sundays. Vettel and his finger annoys me greatly, and his win-at-all-costs mentality in Sepang last year didn’t endear him to Webber or any fans of F1. His and Red Bull’s strategy of getting pole and pulling out an unbridgeable gap in front is too clinical at times, and their domination isn’t really that exciting. This year’s struggles (and Vettel’s tantrums) should be fun to watch.
Finally, a word on Schumi. Legend of the sport. Keep fighting, Michael.