2017 gave non-Mercedes fans hope. 2017 showed us the mighty Mercedes F1 machine might be vulnerable. Ferrari was well on its way to giving Mercedes a season long dog fight for the world championship. Then they decided to shoot themselves in both feet and all hopes of championship glory were lost.
They may have fell flat but Ferrari showed the world that Mercedes is not invincible. Combine that with the constant development of Red Bull and the renewed optimism around McLaren and 2018 was beginning to show a lot of exciting potential. We all just assumed that Mercedes was nearing the peak of their engine development thus allowing the others to catch up. Unfortunately we assumed wrong as the silver arrows are likely to have 1,000 horsepower at their disposal next season.
Mercedes's engine boss Andy Cowell has already gone on record stating Merc has already surpassed 900 horsepower. As for 1,000? "We're close, I'm sure it'll happen at some point." Cowell said.
The obvious overreaction here is to bemoan another season filled with Mercedes dominance. The rich get richer and even though they're getting better every day the competition will still be no match for the might of Merc. It does appear that Mercedes will continue to enjoy a power advantage over its main rivals in 2018. However Ferrari showed the field last season that Merc's chassis isn't without fault. The slower more technical tracks actually played to Ferrari's advantage last season. Horsepower is a huge help but it is not the be all, end all of performance.
What do you think? Are we in for another season of Mercedes dominance or will the rest of the field catch up in 2018?