F1 has produced a number of good news stories in 2014

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For all of the doom and gloom that appears to be in Formula 1 at the moment, the 2014 season has produced a number of good news stories that get swept under the carpet all too often.

When Luca di Montezemolo arrived in Bahrain earlier this year, he did not hold back in telling the sport just what he thought of its new formula. The Ferrari president felt that the V6 power units had reduced F1 to “taxi cab racing” because of their quieter sound; to him, it was a joke.

Then in the race, the drivers put on a show under the lights in Bahrain. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg duked it out at the front, and the battles behind were just as enthralling. Montezemolo went home with just half of the race gone…

So here are just a few of the great stories that we have enjoyed in the first half of the 2014 season.

Mercedes’ intra-team battle

It has been a tense season at Mercedes. Things may seem pretty good when you’re at the top, but success creates its own problems. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have what it takes to win this year’s title, meaning that we’re in for a great tussle that should go right the way to the final race of the season. It may verge on civil war at times, but it is wonderful for the spectator. Let’s see how many of the 50m viewers lost in 2013 are made up for this year.

The rise of Bottas and Ricciardo

Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo have been the two breakout stars of the season, scoring six podiums and two wins in total. As we touched on back in March, the Australian Grand Prix will long be remembered for their breakthrough results, even if Ricciardo lost his thanks to a fuel irregularity. He ultimately got his just desserts, though, winning the Canadian and Hungarian Grands Prix. Both he and Bottas look set to be fighting for race wins and even championships over the next decade or so.

Bianchi and Marussia’s breakthrough

Scoring two points may not seem like a big deal, but after five years of trying, it was a huge breakthrough for Marussia F1 Team. Two points for Jules Bianchi’s ninth place finish in Monaco has taken the team up to P9 in the constructors’ championship – ahead of Sauber and Caterham – and could secure some big financial benefits for the Anglo-Russian team by the end of the season.

It means a lot more than that, though. It’s proof that you can take a team from off the very back of the grid; will it prove to be a one-season thing, though? Time will tell. If Marussia can indeed stay ahead of Sauber until the end of the year, it would be a remarkable achievement for the team.

The return of Williams to the front of the field

After scoring just five points in 2013, it couldn’t really have gone much worse this year for Williams. However, the team has come back with a bang, and now ranks fourth in the constructors’ championship. With some fresh faces (Felipe Massa, Pat Symonds, Rob Smedley), a rebrand courtesy of Martini and the supreme Mercedes power unit, everything appears to be heading in the right direction for Williams. Bottas’ form has been superb, and it could get better still given that the team’s best tracks are still to come.

The list goes on: Kevin Magnussen’s rookie season has been solid; Daniil Kvyat has also impressed in his first half-year; Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez have both bounced back from difficult 2013 campaigns.

If you’re looking for some good news in Formula 1, you really don’t need to look far…

Here’s the 33-driver starting field for today’s Indianapolis 500

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Want to know which driver is starting where in today’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Here’s the full 33-driver starting field:

Row 1

20 Ed Carpenter (USA)

Ed Carpenter Racing

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 1st

Past Indy 500 starts: 14

Best finish: 5th (2008)

 

22 Simon Pagenaud (France)

Team Penske

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 2nd

Past Indy 500 starts: 6

Best finish: 8th (2013)

 

12 Will Power (Australia)

Team Penske

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 3rd

Past Indy 500 starts: 10

Best finish: 2nd (2015)

 

Row 2

1 Josef Newgarden (USA)

Team Penske

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 4th

Past Indy 500 starts: 6

Best finish: 3rd (2016)

 

18 Sebastien Bourdais (France)

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 5th

Past Indy 500 starts: 6

Best finish: 7th (2014)

 

21 Spencer Pigot (USA)

Ed Carpenter Racing

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 6th

Past Indy 500 starts: 2

Best finish: 18th (2017)

 

Row 3


13 Danica Patrick (USA)

Ed Carpenter Racing

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 7th

Past Indy 500 starts: 7

Best finish: 3rd (2009)

 

3 Helio Castroneves (Brazil)

Team Penske

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 8th

Past Indy 500 starts: 17

Best finish: 1st (2001, 2002, 2009)

 

9 Scott Dixon (New Zealand)

Chip Ganassi Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 9th

Past Indy 500 starts: 15

Best finish: 1st (2008)

 

Row 4

 

14 Tony Kanaan (Brazil)

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 10th

Past Indy 500 starts: 16

Best finish: 1st (2013)

 

4 Matheus Leist (Brazil)

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 11th

Past Indy 500 starts: 0

Best finish: none

 

98 Marco Andretti (USA)

Andretti Herta Autosport

Engine: Honda

Qualified 12th

Past Indy 500 starts: 12

Best finish: 2nd (2006)

 

Row 5

19 Zachary Claman Demelo (Canada)

Dale Coyne Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 13th

Past Indy 500 starts: 0

Best finish: none

 

28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (USA)

Andretti Autosport

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 14th

Past Indy 500 starts: 10

Best finish: 1st (2014)

 

23 Charlie Kimball (USA)

Carlin Motorsport

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified 15th

Past Indy 500 starts: 7

Best finish: 3rd (2015)

 

Row 6

 

30 Takuma Sato (Japan)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 16th

Past Indy 500 starts: 8

Best finish: 1st (2017)

 

32 Kyle Kaiser (USA)

Juncos Racing

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 17th

Past Indy 500 starts: 0

Best finish: none

 

6 Robert Wickens (Canada)

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 18th

Past Indy 500 starts: 0

Best finish: none

 

Row 7

 

33 James Davison (Australia)

A.J. Foyt with Byrd/Hollinger/Balardi

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 19th

Past Indy 500 starts: 3

Best finish: 16th

 

59 Max Chilton (England)

Carlin Motorsport

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 20th

Past Indy 500 starts: 2

Best finish: 4th (2017)

 

29 Carlos Munoz (Columbia)

Andretti Autosport

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 21st

Past Indy 500 starts: 5

Best finish: 2nd (2013, 2016)

 

Row 8

 

88 Gabby Chaves (Columbia)

Harding Racing

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 22nd

Past Indy 500 starts: 3

Best finish: 9th (2017)

 

25 Stefan Wilson (England)

Andretti Autosport

Engine: Honda

Qualified 23rd

Past Indy 500 starts: 1

Best finish: 28th (2016)

 

24 Sage Karam (USA)

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified 24th

Past Indy 500 starts: 4

Best finish: 9th (2014)

 

Row 9

 

26 Zach Veach (USA)

Andretti Autosport

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 25th

Past Indy 500 starts: 1

Best finish: 26th (2017)

 

64 Oriol Servia (Spain)

Scuderia Corsa with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 26th

Past Indy 500 starts: 9

Best finish: 4th (2012)

 

66 J.R. Hildebrand (USA)

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Engine: Chevrolet

Qualified: 27th

Past Indy 500 starts: 7

Best finish: 2nd (2011)

 

Row 10

7 Jay Howard (England)

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/AFS Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 28th

Past Indy 500 starts: 2

Best finish: 30th (2017)

 

10 Ed Jones (United Arab Emirates)

Chip Ganassi Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 29th

Past Indy 500 starts: 1

Best finish: 3rd (2017)

 

15 Graham Rahal (USA)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 30th

Past Indy 500 starts: 10

Best finish: 3rd (2011)

 

Row 11

 

60 Jack Harvey (England)

Meyer Shank Racing with Schmidt Peterson

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 31st

Past Indy 500 starts: 1

Best finish: 31st (2017)

 

27 Alexander Rossi (USA)

Andretti Autosport

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 32nd

Past Indy 500 starts: 2

Best finish: 1st (2016)

 

17 Conor Daly (USA)

Dale Coyne Racing

Engine: Honda

Qualified: 33rd

Past Indy 500 starts: 4

Best finish: 22nd (2013)

 

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