Hey folks, Dre here again. For those unaware, I’m a huge fan of US Sport and journalism. And just about every major US Sporting site, has a Power Rankings column, ranking the teams in a league, as the season goes on. And I realized, there isn’t really a kind of thing for Formula 1. Maybe it’s the journalism culture. But I thought this might be a fun idea to keep track of how I rank the teams over the course of a season and build it up.
Now, it’s always a big difficult when you’re doing the first blog, because it’s to do with current form, and F1’s going through a major revamp for the 2014 season, as well as having to go back to the 2013 Season results and using that as a base. So, just bear that in mind before you troll me in capital letters because your favorite team isn’t in the Top 4. Alrighty? Cool. Let’s get started!
#1 – Mercedes (2013 finishing position: 2nd) – For the first time in 4 seasons, Red Bull look genuinely out of touch and there’s a new top dog in town. Mercedes have had minor issues here and there through testing, but without a doubt, they’re the team that looks the most comfortable out there on track. They took things one step further in Bahrain on Day 4 by even running qualifying simulations. They’ve blitzed the timing sheets, and are pretty much at the top in terms of total running (behind Williams). And without doubt, they look the strongest of the top teams so far. As a result, they pass Red Bull and take the #1 slot for now. And I don’t think they’ll be losing this spot for the time being.
#2 – Ferrari (2013 Finishing position: 3rd) – It’s not been the easiest ride for nearly every team that isn’t powered by a Mercedes engine, but Ferrari have been plodding away nicely in testing. They’ve had their hiccups too here and there, but the “best of the rest” title that Sky Sports gave them, seems to be justified. The near 300 laps of testing seems to validate that claim. Despite Kimi Raikkonen binning it early on, Ferrari taking the silent and violent approach, and so far, I don’t think they’ve done too badly.
#3 – Williams (2013 Finishing Position: 9th) – DING DING! DARK HORSE ALERT, 12 O’CLOCK! If you had told me last season that Williams have a legitimate chance of being up the front again, I’d have laughed at you and told you to stick to football. But Williams are looking like the most reliable car in the field at the moment. Personally, I think that’ll be the biggest factor for team success this season, given the unpredictability and complexity of the 2014 cars and technology. And Williams are 1) The ONLY team to have not had a red flag retirement in testing so far, and 2) Lead the entire field in sheer miles logged. Williams approach is slow and steady, and right now, that could be the way to go…