It has been a stupidly good year for some teams (why, hello Mercedes) and a shocker of a season for others (oh dear, Sauber), while others have been a bit hit and miss (hello Ferrari, McLaren and co).
As an alternative to reviewing each team in depth, here’s a more graphical review of the 2014 season.
Sauber had a poor year, in fact it was their worst ever. We’re big fans of the Swiss outfit, but for them, scoring ZERO points just isn’t on, so…
Sahara Force India – they’ve done superbly over the years, rising from the ashes left from the Jordan team after the embarrassment of Spyker and Midland et al. Now a far cry from being backmarkers, but 2014 was a year where they just couldn’t grab more than one podium. So it’s fair to say…
It wasn’t a good year to be a Ferrari fan, and as for a prancing horse, it was more like a grazing donkey in 2014. How many staff changes? Let’s hope we can see Ferrari fighting back next year.
Williams on the other hand had a simply awesome season, back at the front with podiums aplenty and constantly threatening to spoil Mercedes’ walkover. 2015 is looking very promising for the legendary team.
On the other side is Lotus and wow, they’ve declined almost as much as Williams have risen. With mounting debts and dog of a car, 2014 was never going to be easy. Pastor may bring in a few million dollars, but they are going to need more than that to recover and get back to form in 2015. With Marussia and Caterham missing races, they were the new backmarkers. It’s fair to say, they have a lot to do.
Marussia; Badger’s favourite team had the toughest year of all – they had the almighty high of 2 points in Monaco, but then some almighty lows, Jules Bianchi’s horrifying crash, missing the final races and now having everything auctioned off as the team has closed. There’s still hope that Manor will do something and miraculously return to F1. For now though, you could say that they are missing in action.
Marussia’s main rival, Caterham had a tough year too. Clearly slower than Marussia at the beginning of the season, then facing financial ruin and some dodgy deals leading to redundancies and various ownership changes, before a crowdfunding campaign as fans for money got them back in action at Abu Dhabi. With all the staff changes and other stuff, the team has lost it’s once friendly and welcoming image. They could be back in 2015, but you wouldn’t put (any more!) money on it, would you?
McLaren had a mixed season – on the podium for the opening race, glimpses of former glory here and there, but ultimately no answer to the leading teams. It’s clear that Ron’s back and desperate to get his team back in order, fighting at the front. Let’s just hope they race quicker than they make decisions.
Red Bull – they’ve dominated F1 for the last 4 or 5 years, always a contender for pole and pretty much expected to be on the podium most Sundays. Not in 2014 though.
Sebastian Vettel had a dire season, while Daniel Ricciardo made him look slow with a couple of wins, and was challenging the Williams, sometimes Mercedes drivers too. You can’t count them out for a return to form in 2015, but 2014 was tricky for them.
Toro Rosso are more famous for their rapidly changing driver lineups than for their results. 2014 started well, but gradually fell away from them. Dearly wish they could have a stronger season soon, they’re a permanent potential underdog, but since that stunning Sunday in Monza back 2008 the Red Bull Jnr team has just been a bit meh, and 2014 was the same overall. Come on folks, sort it for 2015, yeah?
And finally Mercedes. What is there to say?
Best engine, best car, two brilliant drivers and the most entertaining team bosses. It was a splendid year for the Tyrrell/BAR/Honda/BrawnGP/Mercedes/AMG/Brackley team. They truly dominated the whole season, but thankfully their bickering drivers made sure it was all still entertaining too.
And thank you for Niki Lauda too, the man is priceless. Sky should have a ‘Lauda Cam’ for 2015, to make sure we don’t miss his reactions and insight. Roll on next year.