It’s likely that a Mercedes-powered car will win this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, although Ferrari has gathered fresh impetus and a victory for the Prancing Horse cannot be completely discounted.

What is fairly certain, sadly, is that Renault-powered cars will not vie for the top spot. Neither will McLaren-Honda, although that partnership is still in its formative stages so can be forgiven.

But the decline of top Renault team Red Bull Racing has robbed the sport of a team that could potentially defeat the all-conquering Mercedes-AMG F1 squad.

Not all fans were unhappy to see the once-dominant Red Bull/Sebastian Vettel partnership stutter in 2014 after several seasons of tedious dominance, but it’s a case of being careful what you wish for, because the simple fact is Formula 1 is better when more teams and engine suppliers stand a chance of winning.