F1: Year-on-year, Ferrari’s gains, Mercedes’ continued edge reigns after four races

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With back-to-back Grands Prix in the books at China and Bahrain, the 2015 Formula One season is already more than 20 percent complete. Four of the now 19 races are in the books, with the first set of flyaway races done before the primarily European stretch between May and early September.

In looking at the year-on-year points standings, Mercedes’ dominance has carried over – that is no surprise. But to see the gains made by Ferrari from a pure numbers standpoint is impressive, as the stats do back up the pace enhancements made by the Scuderia over the winter.

Additionally, there have been fewer “big” points available for the taking thus far beyond Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams this year, whereas last year it was a mad scramble from third on back behind the pair of Mercedes.

Here’s a look at where the points standings were last year after four races, followed by where they are now in 2015:

DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP

2014 2015
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 79 1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 93
2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 75 2. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 66
3. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 41 3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 65
4. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 36 4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 42
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 33 5. Felipe Massa, Williams, 31
6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 24 6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 30
7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 24 7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 19
8. Jenson Button, McLaren, 23 8. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 14
9. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 20 9. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 12
10. Sergio Perez, Force India, 18 10. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 6
11. Felipe Massa, Williams, 12 11. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 6
12. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 11 12. Carlos Sainz Jr., Toro Rosso, 6
13. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 4 13. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 5
14. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 4 14. Sergio Perez, Force India, 5
NC. Romain Grosjean, Lotus 15. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 4
NC. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham NC. Fernando Alonso, McLaren
NC. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus NC. Jenson Button, McLaren
NC. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren

 

CONSTRUCTOR’S CHAMPIONSHIP

2014 2015
1. Mercedes, 154 1. Mercedes, 159
2. Red Bull, 57 2. Ferrari, 107
3. Force India, 54 3. Williams, 61
4. Ferrari, 52 4. Red Bull, 23
5. McLaren, 43 5. Sauber, 19
6. Williams, 36 6. Lotus, 12
7. Toro Rosso, 8 7. Toro Rosso, 12
8. Lotus, 0 8. Force India, 11
9. Sauber, 0 9. McLaren, 0