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.
Mercedes AMG Petronas - A-
A fourth successive constructors title will be a major goal ticked off for the giants of the current era. While Mercedes doesn't appear to be as dominant as previous years, it is unclear whether this is due to a poor car or rivals catching up.
Furthermore the team looks set to see their 'lead' driver Lewis Hamilton eclipse a pole position record this season, another success for the German team.
Their final goal will be to see another world drivers champion. While this is a close fight it is far from decided. So although they are behind now it is far from a full gone conclusion that they have lost this title this year.
Lewis Hamilton - B+
Call it skill or luck but Lewis Hamilton is still showing why over a single lap he is the fastest driver and car combination on the current grid. The Brit is arguably an underserved second in the title race (results in Baku would have reversed this if it wasn't for the headrest issue). Despite this Lewis is second and doesn't look the safe bet he was at the start of the season. Despite this he remains one of the favourites and should Mercedes remain the fastest car he could well be a four-time champion before the year is out.
Valtteri Bottas - A
While the Finn is behind his teammate in the current standings let us not forget this is Valtteri's first season with Mercedes and first with a truly top team. It took a mere four rounds for Bottas to secure his maiden win in F1 with a tense victory in Russia. Since then he has kicked on to great things moving from the clear third fastest in Australia to making himself one of the key title favourites.
While it may yet be a bridge too far for Bottas to taste a title this season you feel should Mercedes be equally as competitive in 2018 Bottas could get a championship to his name (should he be re-signed of course).
by Matthew Gannon