|The right man won, but in the face of how much|
From the moment the cars arrived in Australia for the season opener we knew that the title was Lewis Hamilton's to lose. The Mercedes was so far ahead of the competition that no other car stood a chance. With no development allowed on the crucial new power plant, that would stand true for the rest of the season. Hamilton has a hand on the title by the end of first practice in Melbourne, no-one involved with the sport believed that Rosberg had a hope of beating him.
In the end, a combination of mechanical problems, some dubious driving from Rosberg at Monaco and Spa; and the double points fiasco meant that the title went down to the wire. Hamilton won eleven races compared to Rosberg's five.
Outside of the Mercedes team, only Daniel Riccardo managed to mount the top step of the podium, and then mostly because of problems for one or both Mercedes car.
To underline the superiority of the Mercedes car, at the final race at Abu Dhabi, the fastest Mercedes was an eye-watering 1.6 seconds faster than the fastest non-Mercedes. In a sport where gaps are usually measured in hundredths and thousandths of a second that was a yawning chasm.
So farewell 2014, a season of zero competition. 2015 will prove to be more of the same if Mercedes gets its way and prevents its opposition from developing their engines.