The Winners & Losers of 2014: Part Two

Following on from the first part of the winners and losers of 2014, which focused on drivers, here is part two looking at teams.

1. Winners: Mercedes (+158)

Mercedes are the biggest winners between this stage last year and 2014, gaining a massive 158 points. It’s not like they had a poor 2013 – they were lying second to Red Bull and just 77 points behind them after 11 races last season – but this year has seen them take a bigger step forward than anyone else and run away. Between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton Mercedes have won nine from 11 races so far in 2014 and are 174 points clear of Red Bull. They have scored maximum points – 43 (25 for a win, 18 for second) – on six occasions averaging 35.72 points per round. This is an increase of 15.82 from this stage last year.

1. Losers: Lotus (-179)

On the other end of the spectrum Lotus have had a disastrous 2014 compared to their 2013 campaign. Struggling with reliability and the general speed of the car, Lotus have scored just eight points so far – a huge drop of 179 from this stage last year. While Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean finished on the podium a number of times between them in 2013, Lotus have struggled to even finish in the points at most races this year with Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. At this stage in 2013 they were 125 points off the leaders while this season the gap is 385. They’re averaging 0.73 points per round – a drop of 16.27 from last year.

2. Winners: Williams (+134)

Williams, who celebrated their 600th Grand Prix in 2013, have seen an upturn in form between 2013 and 2014. Valtteri Bottas has been joined by Felipe Massa and the pair have accrued 135 points so far – a vast improvement on the one point from this time last year. Such is the domination by Mercedes, however, that their 258 deficit to the championship leaders is just 53 points better than the deficit in 2013. Williams’ biggest haul of points at one race this year was 27 when they came third and fourth at the Austrian Grand Prix.

2. Losers: Red Bull (-93)

As was the case with four time world champion Sebastian Vettel, the only way is down for the reigning world champions. While they have dominated for the past few seasons, they now have to play second fiddle to Mercedes as ‘best of the rest’. At this stage last season Red Bull had a 77 point lead over Mercedes, but now the roles have been reversed and they find themselves 174 points behind the Silver Arrows. Red Bull’s best haul of points in 2014 came in Canada when Daniel Ricciardo took his first ever F1 victory and Vettel finished third. Red Bull’s average points per round tally has dropped by 8.45 as they were averaging 28.36 points at this stage last year. They have struggled with reliability, especially due to problems with the Renault power unit.

3. Winners: Force India (+37)

Force India have seen their fortunes improve since 2013 to the tune of 61 points – 37 more than they managed after 11 races last season. This has been helped by Nico Hulkenberg’s consistent run of points finishes, which ended last time out, and Sergio Perez’s podium finish at the Chinese Grand Prix. While Force India averaged around five points at this time last year, that number has increased to 8.9. At this stage in 2013 Force India lay in sixth place and 251 points off the leader while in 2014 they are ahead of McLaren and in fifth but 295 points off the leaders such is the domination Mercedes have shown.

3. Losers: Ferrari (-76)

Ferrari are another team down on where they were at this stage last season. Kimi Raikkonen has struggled to get to grips with the F14 T and as a consequence it has been Fernando Alonso who has scored the vast majority of Ferrari’s points – 115 to Raikkonen’s 27. After 11 races in 2013, Ferrari were third in the constructors championship – 94 points down on Red Bull – and averaging 19.82 points per round. This included two wins for Alonso and numerous podiums. In 2014 Ferrari are still third in the championship but are now 251 points off the lead and averaging 12.9 points per round. Alonso has been on the podium twice while Raikkonen’s best position has been sixth.

4. Winners: McLaren (+32)

It will be small consolation for McLaren that they are up on where they were at this stage last year, as they still languish sixth in the constructors championship. On a positive note, McLaren kicked off the year with two podiums – a second place for rookie Kevin Magnussen while Jenson Button was awarded third following Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification. In 2013 McLaren were averaging 5.9 points per round after 11 races and their highest tally at one race was 12 points. Their total after 11 races was 65 points. In 2014 they are averaging 8.12 points and their highest tally at one round was 33 points – about a third of their overall tally of 97 points.

4. Losers: Toro Rosso (-8)

Another team who have lost out between 2013 and 2014 are Toro Rosso, although only marginally. Their championship position remains unchanged – seventh – but their points have slipped by eight. At this point in the 2013 championship Toro Rosso had 25 points and were averaging 2.27 per round. In 2014 they have 17 points and have average 1.5 points per round. Having swapped to Renault engines for 2014, Toro Rosso have felt the pain of the problems the engine supplier has faced.

5. Winners: Marussia (+2)

There was cause for celebration after the Monaco Grand Prix when Marussia finally picked up their first points in Formula One, after three years of trying. This has seen them stay ahead of Caterham in the Constructors Championship and move ahead of Sauber who have really been struggling in 2014. Marussia have not scored again since Monaco but two points is enough to see them improve on 2013.

5. Losers: Sauber (-6)

Sauber did not have the best season in 2013 but it has been even worse for 2014. Reliability problems have hampered the Swiss team and they are yet to score this season. At this stage in 2013 they had only scored six points, but six points is better than no points. Adrian Sutil has finished 11th on two occasions but it has been a case of close but no cigar for the German driver who moved from Force India at the end of 2013. Esteban Gutierrez’s best 2014 finish has been 12th.

1. Stay-the-samers: Caterham (+/- 0)

Caterham have neither improved nor got worse since this stage in 2013. They still have no points and the team was recently sold as it looks to improve its position in Formula One. Kamui Kobayashi has finished 13th on two occasions while Marcus Ericsson’s best position has been 14th once.

There seems to be a pattern for the winners and losers for 2014. All but one of the teams who have seen improvements since 2013 are running with Mercedes engines while the two ‘biggest losers’ are Lotus and Red Bull, both running Renault power units which have caused many problems in 2014. With the summer break almost over, teams will be hoping to kick-start the second half of their seasons with decent points scoring as points mean prizes in Formula One. Not only are they important for championship positions, but also the difference in prize money can have utmost importance for the likes of Marussia, Sauber, and Caterham who do not have the resources teams like Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren have.

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