When Sebastian Vettel eventually retires from Formula One, this season may well be remembered as his best.
Next year's championship will be a more level playing field as teams and drivers get to grips with new, less powerful engines, and the impending regulation changes could somewhat negate Red Bull's current superiority.
The German won Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with consummate ease, and can set a single-season record with an eighth straight win at the United States GP. If he then wins the season-ending Brazilian GP he will equal Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says "Sebastian has really hit a purple patch of form and he is certainly driving better than I have ever seen."