Sebastian Vettel spent six unsuccessful seasons with Ferrari ultimately being forced to leave the team. The German has found a new home at Aston Martin and thinks being in a customer team won't harm his championship chances.
The Mercedes F1 team has made the sport a bit of a procession in recent years. However, prior to the Mercedes era, Red Bull were the form team, the Austrian outfit relied on Renault to supply them with power-units and they remain the last example of a customer team winning titles in F1, something they did with Sebastian Vettel himself.
"I'm not worried about that (being in a customer team), I think your fears are old school," Vettel told Autosport.com.
"The world has moved on. I think in the past, probably you were right.
"With somebody like Mercedes, I think we can trust that you get a very fair treatment. And if you are faster, then you are allowed to beat them.
"As I said, this sort of mindset is way out of date. As a principle. I see where you're coming from, but I'm not worried.
"If we are very, very close to Mercedes, that is a very good achievement. So it will be the last thing I would worry about."
With a technical overhaul on the horizon, the running order in F1 could be set for a shake-up. If Aston Martin can carry over over their historically resourceful nature in their latest guise then there is no reason why they can't succeed especially in F1's newest era.