If Mercedes had come away from the 2019 Australian Grand Prix with one driver eighth in the standings and its reigning champion only 13th, no one would be saying it's mission accomplished. It's not the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and this isn't 2003.
But after the first round of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, despite Andrew Jordan being only three points inside the top 10 and 2018 champion Colin Turkington a full 30 off leader Josh Cook, all signs point towards WSR going the distance in its fight to retain the teams' and manufacturers' crowns.
For this season, the long-serving BMW 125i M Sport has been put out to pasture. After racking up more than 100 podiums since its 2013 debut in the BTCC, it has been replaced and the 3 Series model line makes a return in its place.