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.

Important Red Bull team members have been extremely critical of the engine supplier, which has not gone down well within Renault.

Indeed, the manufacturer is considering its future in the sport, feeling that being an engine supplier is the worst all-round position to be in – you don’t enough of a share of the credit when the team wins, and you shoulder the brunt of the blame when the team loses.