Formula One is as much about entertainment as it is about cold-blooded competition. That is why double points will be awarded for the final race this season, and that is why so many people are complaining about the lack of noise produced by the new hybrid V6 power units.
So far in 2014, there has been another element missing from the sport, one that straddles the line between the competitive and entertaining sides of the sport (even if not intentionally so). That element is Kimi Raikkonen.
Midseason coaching and management changes may be common in other professional sports when a team is under-performing, but they are somewhat more unusual in Formula One.
That is why, even after a particularly poor start, it was such a shock this week when Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali resigned from his position just three races into the season.
After months of speculation, the FIA announced on Friday that it had accepted the bid of NASCAR team owner Gene Haas to form a new Formula One team.
Now that the new American entry is confirmed, the next questions that must be asked are: Can the team succeed in F1 and how quickly?
Formula One fans like to complain. Not all of them—many are able to enjoy the sport for what it is—but there is a vocal minority, at least, for whom it seems nothing is ever right.
The 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the most exciting F1 races in recent memory. Even before the safety car was deployed following Pastor Maldonado’s crash into Esteban Gutierrez on Lap 41, there had been plenty of close battles, varying strategies and overtaking up and down the field.
It is not every day that a four-time defending Formula One world champion is asked to move out of the way to allow his new teammate—zero career podiums—through.
But that is exactly what happened between Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo at last Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
During Formula One preseason testing, the two midfield teams with the most buzz were Williams and Force India.
After three races, though both teams have performed significantly better than they did in 2013, they are headed in opposite directions.
There can be no doubt that Mercedes is the class of the Formula One field so far in 2014.
Two utterly commanding victories in the first two races have led to comparisons with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s dominance in the second half of last season. And while the template of qualifying near the front, sprinting out to a large early lead and then controlling the race is familiar from 2013, this season is actually more reminiscent of 2009.