Lewis Hamilton finished second in the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend; no doubt a commendable sporting achievement. Yet what really sparked the weekend's excitement was his rivalry with Mercedes teammate, and eventual winner, Nico Rosberg.
My amended title quote by Mikhail Gorbachev sums up F1 in 2014, now we are five races into the season and the sport is being dominated by one man and one team. Not Sebastien Vettel and Red Bull Racing, but Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes...
We are at the beginning of a new era. In each of the time periods above, F1 has been the star of the show and even in moments of domination the sport has grown from strength to strength. What other sports out there have such huge rule changes year to year?
When McLaren announced the signing of Eric Boullier as the new Racing Director, some astute Formula 1 fans asked, "what the heck is a Racing Director? Is that a new Ron Dennis phrase for team principal?"