I think the field has settled a bit with the Big Three making their way to the top.
1. Red Bull Red Bull probably have the most consistently fast car, somewhat better in hotter conditions
2. Ferrari Anyone who says the Ferrari is not a pacesetter now s kidding thenselves, Alonso has outperformed the car, but the car is now very good.
=3rd. McLaren/Lotus I always considered Silverstone an anomoly, but I’m unsure just where McLaren’s pace lies, Lotus are easily a match for the best in the races but their quali is not there. Lotus is very consistent though.
5th. Sauber Sauber are similiar to Lotus, but slightly less. At times in the race they look fiercely fast but quali is a weakness. Excellent on tyres too.
=6th. Williams/Mercedes Mercedes have seemingly gone nowhere, tracks where they expected to be strong, with cool conditions, they where midfield at best.
I am probably underselling the Williams, which might very well be a match for the Sauber or even McLaren/Lotus but like Mercedes, it is always there or thereabouts after it’s astounding win.
8th. Force India There is a clear gap between Force India and the others. They have a good advantage over Toro Rosso but lack the ultimate oace of the Sauber as well as lacking the kindness to their tyres. Their consostency is good though.
9th. Toro Rosso Toro Rosso are in no mans land, they just can’t seem to mix it with those ahead, while they maintain a margin over Caterham.
10th. Caterham Still a gap to the ‘midfield’ while being massively ahead of Marussia/HRT
11th/12th. Marussia/HRT Still at the back, the usual Marussia just over HRT in quali with a bigger advantage in the races.
After what was a crazy start, the big teams, as they inevitably would, have made their way to the front. But they don’t have a significant advantage at all and the clearly defined ‘midfield’ of the previous couple of season has somewhat disappeared with Lotus/Sauber/Williams all able to consistently exhibit race leading pace.
The gaps this year are still insanely close which is just phenomenal and fantastic. hopefully it continues for the rest of the season.