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Power Ranking the Formula 1 Teams After 2014 Japanese Grand Prix

The 2014 Japanese Grand Prix ended with a Mercedes one-two, but it wasn't all plain sailing for the German constructor. For the first time this year, a car with identical compound tyres of a similar age was genuinely quicker than either Mercedes for a sustained period of time. Two cars, actually. On Lap 19, Sebastian Vettel was 33 seconds behind race leader Nico Rosberg. By Lap 28, the gap was 24 seconds. Daniel Ricciardo, who had been following in Vettel's wheel tracks during that period, then closed the gap to new leader Lewis Hamilton to 18 seconds by Lap 34. Had they not lost so much time behind the Williams duo early on, Red Bull may have been able to duke it out with at least one Mercedes on pure pace alone. But unless we have another...

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