Last year, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ended the season separated by just 18 points. That's less than a point's difference on average per grand prix between the old karting team-mates in their first season together at Mercedes.
The pair head into the 2014 as favourites for the world championship, so how do you choose between them?
The contrast between the artist and the artisan has long been drawn between grand prix drivers.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.