It’s anyone’s guess as to how the teams will fare come next Sunday in Australia but one thing we typically do know is that the competition between teammates is where drivers are measured. How you perform against your teammate in equal machinery has always been a benchmark to determine potential.
Nowadays that isn’t quite a true as it used to be with the notion of paying-drivers who bring big cash to teams but even so, we can still compare the drivers by using their teammate as a measuring stick. Regardless of if they will further their career or not. One can consider the career of Nico Hulkenberg and see that dominating your teammate isn’t always a sure ticket to a ride at a top team.
Having said that, which team battle are you most intrigued by in 2014? Many might place the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso (fire and ice) and the one to watch. Perhaps you’re interested to see if Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa might be interesting given the Williams F1 teams seemingly pure pace in testing.
Then there is the new kid, Kevin Magnussen, with F1’s veteran Jenson Button. Or maybe it is the Marussia battle or Caterham?
For me, I’ll be watching all of them just as you will but one that intrigues me, given the apparently performance gins in winter testing, is Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It was an interesting pairing last year and I think this year could be very interesting if Mercedes AMG Petronas is as fast as they seem. Nico is already setting the stage and unlike last year, he may not pull over for Hamilton should Mercedes be on song:
“We’re not best friends, and we’re probably never going to be best friends just because it’s difficult in this industry, especially when you’re team-mates, fighting for wins. We get in well, we have a laugh, neutral, very competitive. We even have some heated exchanges, but then afterwards it gets back to normal. That’s it.
“It was the same when we were young – it was so competitive between us. In the amount of pizzas we could eat, the wrestling matches in the hotel rooms, whatever it was. It’s the same today.” Rosberg told the telegraph’s Daniel Johnson.
So who are you watching with much anticipation? Which battle do you think will be epic in 2014?