F1 2014: The teams - Part 2

The second and final part of our 2014 Formula One team guide covers Force India through to Caterham.
Force India 2014
A whole new look for Force India © Force India
By Tom Bellingham

Force India

Constructors' Championships: 0
Race Wins: 0
2014 Drivers: Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez

Force India’s six years in Formula One have yielded one pole position, one podium finish and two fastest laps. Expect them to improve on that record in 2014 with quick drivers and a winning ticket in the power unit lottery. McLaren outcast Sergio Pérez can be mercurial while Nico Hülkenberg is as consistent and quick as anyone. It’s a surprise to nearly everyone – Hülkenberg included – that he didn’t land a seat at a top team but their loss is definitely Force India’s gain.

Esteban Guittierez Sauber 2014
Sauber F1 Team © Sauber F1 Team


Constructors' Championships: 0
Race Wins: 0
2014 Drivers: Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez

While empires rise and fall, Sauber keep plugging away quietly in the background. They never have the budget to trouble the front-runners but do have a knack of making what they have go a long way. Adrian Sutil is on board to provide some useful experience while Esteban Gutiérrez remains for a second season. Sauber have lost some talented people in the last few years but have never let that sort of thing bother them in the past. Expect another ruthlessly pragmatic season from the Swiss outfit.

Toro Rosso

Constructors' Championships: 0
Race Wins: 1
2014 Drivers: Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat 

Toro Rosso finished 2013 in the no-man’s land of eighth: well clear of ninth-placed Williams but not able to score enough points to challenge the rest of the midfield. They’ll hope for better in 2014 but the indications of pre-season were not so encouraging. They’ll have the experienced Jean-Eric Vergne in the lead car with a point to prove to Red Bull Racing, and Daniil Kvyat in the second car with a point to prove to Vergne.

Williams Martini Racing 2014
Williams are racing in the iconic Martini colours © Williams


Constructors' Championships: 9
Race Wins: 114
2014 Drivers: Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas 

Williams have become Formula One’s version of football’s ‘sleeping giant’ – ie a team that usually bumbles around at the back of the midfield that old people (anyone over 30) seem to worship as some sort of bizarre masochistic reflex action. Constant under-performance has made Williams the choice for all the closet romantics who dream that one day Williams will resume their proper place at the top table of motorsport. This year is as good a time as any. They have two good drivers in Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, the right engine and a genuinely kick-ass livery.

Jules Bianchi Marussia Bahrain testing 2014
Marussia have kept Bianchi and Chilton © Marussia


Constructors' Championships: 0
Race Wins: 0
2014 Drivers:  Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton

The team from Banbury had something of a false start with an all-simulation design plan that didn’t really work out, and since then it’s been playing catch-up. Now it has a couple of things going for it: Jules Bianchi it has a driver good enough to get things done if given the equipment, while a new factory and a technical tie-up with McLaren got them pointing in the right direction. What they do now they’re correctly oriented is up to them.

Caterham Bahrain testing 2014
Caterham's green machine © Caterham


Constructors' Championships: 0
Race Wins: 0
2014 Drivers: Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson

After four years in Formula One, Caterham have achieved precisely nothing. No points, no magnificent failures, no feisty races mixing it with the big boys. They do, however, have good people, the right equipment and a car that’s a pretty colour. It’s been obvious for a while that the team weren’t going to spend big in a losing cause and were waiting for this regulation change to level the playing field (or at least even out some of the bigger bumps). It remains to be seen whether they can take the opportunity.

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