All in all, the Australian Grand Prix was a tough event for many, carrying a lot of learning off the back of some more or less expected setbacks. But possibly the biggest disappointment of the season might be the realisation that Mercedes is still the team to beat – but there’s no one out there to rise to the challenge.
Excitement was bound to be on the cards, but hardly anyone expected the emergence of a potential black horse that almost threw the leading Silver Arrow squad off the podium throne – not least the team in question themselves.
In the two week run-up since the last Formula 1 race the Monaco Grand Prix came down to an internal battle between two team-mates, as the question on everybody’s lips was: which one of the Mercedes’ drivers will win this time?
Although the Spanish Grand Prix set off to a gentle start, its final stages very much resembled the thrilling Bahrain GP finale. And as the latest race result brought on a new championship leader, the intra-team battles continue to gather momentum – not only at Mercedes.