Data Analysis: How Quick Have Formula 1 Rivals Closed Gap to Mercedes?

Just four races into the 2014 Formula One season, Mercedes has already opened a 97-point gap to its nearest rival, Red Bull, in the Constructors’ Championship.

Powered by the best engine in the field, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have combined to win all four of those races, with no other team coming within 23 seconds of the lead Mercedes in any race. In fact, the margins between the top Mercedes and top non-Mercedes finishers have remained remarkably consistent all season:

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