F1: Mercedes’ domination is not the first time one team has ruled the roost...
Winning the first five races of the season is no mean feat, but superior cars have dominated the season before 2014
Saturday 24 May 2014
The massive emphasis on engineering frequently results in one team developing a dominant technical advantage until the next bright idea comes along. Here’s a brief recap of the past 30 years.
Excellent design packaging around a bespoke Porsche-built turbocharged engine gives McLaren the edge.
The best engine in the business – Honda’s turbo V6 – makes Williams almost insuperable.
Honda switch from Williams to McLaren and their excellent V6, V10 and V12 engines in clever cars driven by Ayrton Senna, make the Woking team the one to beat.
Renault V10 power and an all-new car designed by Adrian Newey under the pragmatic supervision of co-founder and Engineering Director Patrick Head, enables Williams to engineer their way back to the top thanks to aerodynamic excellence, computerised suspension, traction control and power brakes.
Williams return to the top again with another Newey design featuring excellent aerodynamics.
The talents of designer Rory Byrne, technical director Ross Brawn, team boss Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher bring a five-year domination.
Aerodynamic excellence is the key to the Newey cars with which Sebastian Vettel dominates so strongly that in 2013 he wins the final nine races of the year, a new record.
Wholesale regulation changes give Mercedes the opportunity to install the best new eco-hybrid V6 turbo engine into the best-integrated design.
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
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