India, April 30 -- Forget what you heard about the infamous Ferrari pace and straight-line advantage. Four races are done, and it is appallingly clear the Italian team are nowhere near the front. Mercedes has commanded the races so far, and with four successive one-two finishes, they are enjoying the most dominant start to a season in Formula One history.

It is, therefore, a bit of a surprise to see Lewis Hamilton in second place. The five-time world champion couldn't challenge his teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this Sunday, beaten by him in both qualifying and the race itself.

Hamilton gunned it at the start to muscle past Bottas, but the Finn was having none of it and allowed Hamilton no room, squeezing back past ...