New regulations always bring about change, and whoever adapts quickest gains a competitive advantage.

This season it is Mercedes who lead the field and at the moment they look unbeatable.

Four wins out of four, three 1-2 finishes, four poles, all with relative ease and comfort.

Save for Lewis Hamilton’s engine failure in Australia, 2014 has been perfect for the Silver Arrow.

We have been here before, of course, and not that long ago.

Ironically, it was Mercedes former iteration, Brawn, that started the 2009 season in blistering form thanks to the double diffuser, with Jenson Button winning six of the first seven races of the season on the way to his first and currently only Drivers Championship.

That the Brit failed to win a race in the final ten Grand Prix shows that a team’s technical, mechanical or aero-dynamical advantage can be eroded.

This season still has a long way to go.

So who can stop Mercedes? Who can make the race for first place as competitive as the midfield positions? Who has the ability or the power to throw a spanner into the Mercedes work cars, and how?

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