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2014 Formula One summer break team report

We review how the first half of the season has gone for each team.
Sunday, August 17, 2014


17th August, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The Formula One summer break is almost over and the Belgian Grand Prix is just a few days away.

As we prepare for the second half of the season to get underway, we review how each team has performed in the first half of the 2014 season.


Mercedes - 1st in constructors championship - 393 points

There’s only really one word that sums up Mercedes performance so far this year; dominating.

The Brackley based team have won nine races out of 11 and are 174 points ahead of their closest championship rivals, Red Bull Racing.

We’ve seen an exciting back and forth between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on track and off track as the two drivers battle for the lead in the drivers’ title.

Rosberg is currently leading the championship by 11 points after winning four races and finishing on the podium ten times.

Mercedes made the best of the rule changes and their power unit is easily the best one on the grid.

With every chequered flag it’s looking more and more likely that Mercedes will win both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles this year. This is F1 though, you can never rule anything out.


Red Bull Racing-Renault - 2nd in the constructors championship - 219 points

We knew that the Milton Keynes based teams reign over the sport would come to an end at some point but it has still been surprising to see Red Bull fail to put Mercedes under any pressure.  

Perhaps what’s been more surprising though is to see quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel being repeatedly outperformed by new teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Red Bull have only won two races this year, both courtesy of Ricciardo who joined the team at the start of the year as Mark Webber’s replacement.

The season got off to a frustrating start when Ricciardo was disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix results when it was found that his fuel flow sensor was exceeding the maximum fuel flow rate.

The incident went to hearing in front of the FIA in April and it was decided that the race stewards decision would stand and Ricciardo would remain disqualified.

Red Bull have had at least one driver on the podium at six races in comparison to Mercedes who have had at least one driver on the podium at every race so far this year.

The Renault power unit has struggled to match the performance of the Mercedes unit. After the Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull team principal Christian Horner branded Renault’s performance as ‘unacceptable’.  


To have any hope of winning their fifth constructors’ title in a row they need to return from the summer break and begin dominating F1 the way they have done in previous years.


Ferrari - 3rd in the constructors championships - 142 points

The Maranello based team have had a tough year so far and parted ways with team principal Stefano Domenicali in April and replaced him with Marco Mattiacci.

Ferrari have scored points at every race this season, most of which have come from Fernando Alonso, who has finished every race in the points and has 115 points under his belt.

Kimi Raikkonen has struggled in comparison and scored just 27 points across 11 races.

The team are currently third in the world championship with 142 points and are now coming under threat from Williams who are seven points behind them in the constructors’ championship.


Williams-Mercedes - 4th in the constructors’ championship - 135 points

The team have scored points at every race so far this season but their performance and points haul picked up massively between the Austrian and Hungarian Grand Prix.


Valtteri Bottas in particular has had a strong season and finished on the podium three times, picking up 95 points in total for Williams.

Felipe Massa had a rough time in Britain and Germany where he was forced to retired on the opening lap, meaning the team were unable to capitalise on their strong performance.

Heading into the second half of the season Williams are just seven points behind Ferrari in the constructors’ title and if their performance continues they could soon find themselves taking third in the title.


Force India-Mercedes - 5th in the constructors’ championship - 98 points

The Silverstone based team have had a strong start to the season. Nico Hulkenberg finished in the points at every race bar the Hungarian Grand Prix which he retired from after making contact with teammate Sergio Perez.

Perez joined the team at the start of the year and has put in a couple of strong performances, notably a third place finish in Bahrain.

With just one point between them and McLaren, who have a much larger budget, the pressure is now on for Force India to continue developing and keep fifth place in the title.


McLaren - 6th in the constructors championship - 97 points

The season opener in Melbourne saw both Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button finish on the podium and seemed to show that they’d improved drastically in comparison to last year.

Since then they have been unable to replicate that kind of performance and have spent most of the season finishing at the bottom of the point or just outside them.

Rookie Kevin Magnussen has had a fairly strong year considering McLaren’s performance and has 37 points and a podium finish under his belt in comparison to Jenson Button’s 60 points and a podium finish.


STR-Renault - 7th in the constructors championship - 17 points

The first half of the season has been difficult for Toro Rosso who have suffered a number of retirements.

In 22 starts Toro Rosso have had nine retirements in total which means they have 17 points in comparison to the 24 points they had at the same point last year.

Ricciardo was replaced by rookie Daniil Kvyat who has six points to teammate Jean-Eric Vergne’s 11 points.

With 17 points overall they need to make up a lot of points to try to take sixth in the constructors’ title and may find themselves needing to defend seventh place from Lotus as the year goes on.


Lotus-Renault - 8th in the constructors’ championship - 8 points

To say that the first half of the season has been difficult for Lotus would be an understatement.

Last year at the same point the Enstone based team had 183 points in comparison to just eight this year.

Both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have suffered a few retirements each and Maldonado was unable to start the Monaco Grand Prix due to a fuel pump issue.

Lotus’ eight points came from Grosjean who finished eighth at the Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix. For the most part both drivers have been unable to challenge for a points finish.


Marussia-Ferrari - 9th in the constructors’ championship - 2 points

Max Chilton’s 13th place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix meant Marussia took 10th place in the constructors’ title and since then Caterham have struggled to put them under pressure to retake that 10th place.

Jules Bianchi scored Marussia their first F1 points at the Monaco Grand Prix where he finished ninth, picking up two points.

The team have also passed Sauber in the constructors’ title to take ninth place.


Sauber-Ferrari - 10th in the constructors’ championship - 0 points

A frustrating first half of the season for Sauber has seen them fail to pick up any points and drop out of the midfield and into 10th place in the constructors’ title.

Both drivers have suffered a number of retirements and out of 22 starts, there have been 10 retirements.

On a couple of occasions Adrian Sutil has finished just outside the points but both he and teammate Esteban Gutierrez have spent the majority of the year unable to challenge for a top 10 finish.


Caterham-Renault - eleventh in the constructors’ championship - 0 points

The Leafield based team have had a difficult year so far and have been unable to put Marussia under pressure to regain 10th in the constructors’ championship.

Days before the British Grand Prix it was announced that Tony Fernandes had sold Caterham to ‘a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors’ and that former Formula One driver Christijan Albers would take over as team principal.

Albers said that he would ensure the team had the resources necessary to challenge taking back 10th in the constructors’ title.

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