Mercedes' dominant 2014 season had been in the pipeline long before the W05 car hit the track.
The Silver Arrows had highlighted this year—and all the regulation changes that came with it—as the year to emerge as Formula One's leading force.
The marquee signing of Lewis Hamilton in 2012 as well as the arrivals of Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe in 2013 were all part of a process of putting building blocks in place for this year—but one of those building blocks appears to have taken responsibility for the team's huge upturn in fortune.
Like Mercedes 12 months ago, Romain Grosjean is keen on making changes for next season, with the Lotus driver revealing part of the thought process he will go through before deciding upon the team with whom he will contest the 2015 campaign.
While Grosjean is unhappy to be driving in the midfield, another driver is satisfied just to be a part of the F1 community.
Alexander Rossi has admitted that he thought his Formula One career was on life support when he parted company with Caterham last month, but an opportunity with Marussia has given the American's hopes a new lease of life.
Meanwhile, Willi Weber has attacked modern-day F1, with drivers and bosses taking flak from Michael Schumacher's ex-manager.
You suspect that Weber's frustration with F1 extends to the safety standards of circuits, with many feeling that drivers are no longer suitably punished for their on-track errors.
This has reached a new low this week, with the news that one of the most thrilling bends on the calendar will no longer be lined with an unforgiving gravel trap.
Here's this week's roundup.