After Ferrari took the fight to Mercedes in 2017, will the challenge to the Silver Arrows' dominance be greater with rule stability allowing Red Bull and others the chance to catch up? A look at F1 history suggests it's not that clear cut.
It is often said that the Formula 1 field closes up in the second season after a major rule change.
The theory is that bigger teams with more resources are able to exploit new regulations more than others, spreading out the field initially. The law of diminishing returns then allows the smaller squads to close up in subsequent seasons.