Statistically speaking, the Mercedes-Benz F1 W05 Hybrid race car that took Lewis Hamilton to the 2014 World Drivers’ Championship was the most dominant car in the history of Formula 1. It won more races than the legendary McLaren MP4/4, beat out the active-handling Williams FW14B, and took its drivers to more wins than either 2004 Ferrari or 203 Red Bull.
It’s a heck of a car, is what I’m saying.
To explore the whys and hows of Mercedes’ 2014 Formula 1 dominance, however, Formula 1 correspondent James Allen has put together a series of technical drawings and animations- courtesy of F1 cutaway master, Giorgio Piola- and released them in a new video: Why Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes was the dominant F1 car of 2014.
I’ve shared that video, above, and have to believe that the smart money is on Lewis Hamilton and the crew at Mercedes-Benz to, once again, be the team to beat in Formula 1. Granted, the Fernando Alonso/Jenson Button pairing over at McLaren-Honda has a lot of people excited- but Honda’s last test session was hardly a revelation.
What do you guys think? Will the Mercedes W06 Hybrids be the class of the 2015 Formula 1 field? Will Sebastian Vettel succeed at Ferrari where Alonso could not? Will any of these things matter, now that Red Bull’s aero wizards have got their heads around the new power unit package and aero rules?
Watch James Allison’s video, above, then let us know what you think of Mercedes’ odds to repeat their double-championship in 2015 in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!