But as the rainy and troublesome weekend is historic Spa progressed, emotions in the paddock escalated, culminating in an unexpected turn of events during the Belgian Grand Prix that left a crack in a seemingly perfect team set-up.
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.
And alas, the Montreal circuit – historically known to throw up a few surprises – did not disappoint this time, by delivering the first winner of the season from outside the Silver Arrow squad.
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.
The qualifying for the fourth grand prix of 2014 suggested a shift in the power-bearing on the Formula 1 grid as the standing champions Red Bull were looking strong to secure their second podium of the year and make another step closer to their former winning ways. But the classification leaders Mercedes tamed the Bulls (and the Prancing Horse) to claim yet another win and extend their lead over the competitors further.
The 900. Formula 1 grand prix has confirmed Mercedes as the team to beat in 2014 as the duo held an unrelenting grip on the Sakhir podium.