So the season is halfway through and the standings are beginning to take shape. Some teams have far exceeded their expectations, others have fallen flat on their faces. Here we review each team and driver giving our very own half term reports.
Sahara Force India - B+
To all intensive purposes this has been a good year for Force India. They have made fourth place their own and closed the gap to third placed Red Bull. Esteban Ocon has proven a real gem and looks to be at the same level as Nico Hulkenberg, maybe even better than the German who he replaced at the team. As for Perez it's yet another strong season where he has once more improved his stock in the F1 driver market.
Despite this Force India look further from the podium than they have throughout the hybrid era. What few chances they have had were ruined by the teammates taking each other out. This is something they need to address should they want to sneak a podium before the season is out.
Sergio Perez - B
Mexico's greatest export to Formula One is once more putting himself in line for a top seat with some more incredible performances. What has let Checo down is that, while he has had a few stand out performances, they have been forgotten thanks to his bang average drives and poor race weekends. It's far from Perez's best season, but if this isn't his best it's encouraging to think what his best could be in a good car.
Hopefully the Mexican can kick on for the second half of the season and show Ferrari why he deserves a title winning seat.
Esteban Ocon - A
Young Ocon is looking more and more like France's first potential champion since Alain Prost. Cool, calm and collected in defence; fast and aggressive in close combat and perhaps most crucially, consistent. He has far from being outclassed by Perez who is considered one of the best in the midfield. This in turn means he is up for a top seat in the future (most likely Mercedes).
Ocon could be Force India's saviour for a podium in 2017, especially should the top teams have issues. He's not phased by the limelight and don't be shocked to see Ocon as Hamilton's replacement in a few more seasons.
by Matthew Gannon