Just that, let’s see what things you remember so far.
For me, it’s the way Sauber has bounced back. They started with just one car in Australia (Nico couldn’t even start the race) and recently they have been able to match or resist the Ferraris and Mercedes, which is awesome if you compare their budgets and staff working on the “big teams”
Williams. They won a race last year, had a decent car at most races, and there was a really good feeling about this years car. Combine that with the arrival of their highly rated rookie Bottas, it was looking like 2013 would be a great season. But no. Shocking season with just one point all year. As a Williams fan, this has been a really hard season to watch.
Vettel/Red Bull’s dominance. I suppose it’s not really a surprise considering how good both are, but still, after 2012 where there was such variety, I thought it would have continued in such a way.
Also, on that same sort of trend, how good the Mercedes is compared to how I thought it would be.
Mercedes have been surprisingly very good, at the end of last year, where they scored 0 points from Suzuka ’till United States, no one would have expected them with 8 pole positions, 3 wins, and 7 podiums this year, would they?
Williams and McLaren have also been shocking, but in a negative way.
Man, so many things! People might look back and brand this a Vettel whitewash, but for me, it’s all about:
- Mercedes being the quickest car over one lap for half the season
- The resurgence of Sauber (but not McLaren, who usually always bring it back in the end)
- Grosjean showing up Raikkonen
- How fundamentally bad the Williams has proved to be, after how promising it seemed at the start of testing!
Hamilton’s decision to move from McLaren to Mercedes working out, considering that a lot of people called it ‘career suicide’. OK, so he has just won a single race and is out of the WDC running, but that’s better than sitting without any podiums. The way the Mclaren Dog has been functining this season, I doubt if anyone else could have done much better with it than Button & Perez have.
3 that others have mentioned – Mercedes’ qualifying pace in the first half of the year, tyre explosions, and Hamilton’s move proving to be brilliant. I’ll add Bottas’ lack of points (not his fault though) and Kvyat’s announcement, as well as Bottas’ 3rd on the grid in Montreal.