F1 Drivers and Constructors 2015

February 1, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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As 2014 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton could take #1 this season but he’s chosen to keep #44.

Team Drivers (number) Test/reserve driver(s)
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton (44) Nico Rosberg (6) Pascal Wehrlein
Red Bull Racing Daniel Ricciardo (3) Daniil Kvyat (26) Sebastien Buemi
Williams Felipe Massa (19) Valtteri Bottas (77) Susie Wolff
Ferrari Sebastian Vettel (5) Kimi Raikkonen (7) Esteban Gutierrez,
Jean-Eric Vergne
McLaren Jenson Button (22) Fernando Alonso (14) Kevin Magnussen
Force India Nico Hulkenberg (27) Sergio Perez (11) ?
Toro Rosso Max Verstappen (33) Carlos Sainz Jr (55) ?
Lotus Romain Grosjean (8) Pastor Maldonado (13) Jolyon Palmer
Sauber Marcus Ericsson (9) Felipe Nasr (12) Raffaele Marciello

Changes from the 2014 team/driver line-up:

  • Sebastian Vettel moved from Red Bull to Ferrari
  • Daniil Kvyat moved from Toro Rosso to Red Bull
  • Fernando Alonso moved from Ferrari to McLaren
  • Kevin Magnussen moved from a regular McLaren driver to be their test driver
  • Jean-Eric Vergne left Toro Rosso to become Ferrari’s test driver
  • Max Verstappen & Carlos Sainz Jr joined Toro Rosso
  • Adrian Sutil & Esteban Gutierrez left Sauber
  • Marcus Ericsson moved from Caterham to Sauber
  • Felipe Nasr joined Sauber
  • Marussia folded in November [BBC] and is not listed as a constructor for 2015
  • Max Chilton doesn’t have a seat this year and hopes to move to IndyCar for 2016 [ESPN]
  • Jules Bianchi remains unconscious but is undergoing a “painstaking programme of rehabilitation therapy” following his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in October [BBC]
  • Caterham went into administration in October [BBC] and is not listed as a constructor for 2015
  • Kamui Kobayashi has moved to Super Formula With Toyota Motorsport [motorsport.com]
  • (Mercedes, Force India & Lotus: drivers are unchanged)

F1 season 2015

February 1, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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Just over a month until the 2015 season kicks off … at last! Even though 2014 was such a long season it feels like an eternity since Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes won the World Championships.

The official 2015 calendar [FIA’s PDF] lists 20 races but Korea is marked as Provisional. BBC reports that Korea has been dropped, but the FIA’s site still includes it.

Race# Date Competition name Circuit
01 Mar15 Grand Prix of Australia Melbourne
02 Mar29 Grand Prix of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
03 Apr12 Grand Prix of China Shanghai
04 Apr19 Grand Prix of Bahrain Sakhir
?? May03 Grand Prix of Korea (provisional) TBA
05 May10 Grand Prix of Spain Catalunya
06 May24 Grand Prix of Monaco Monte Carlo
07 Jun07 Grand Prix of Canada Montreal
08 Jun21 Grand Prix of Austria Spielberg
09 Jul05 Grand Prix of Great Britain Silverstone
10 Jul19 Grand Prix of Germany TBA
11 Jul26 Grand Prix of Hungary Budapest
12 Aug23 Grand Prix of Belgium Spa-Francorchamps
13 Sep06 Grand Prix of Italy Monza
14 Sep20 Grand Prix of Singapore Singapore
15 Sep27 Grand Prix of Japan Suzuka
16 Oct11 Grand Prix of Russia Sochi
17 Oct25 Grand Prix of United States Austin
18 Nov01 Grand Prix of Mexico Mexico City
19 Nov15 Grand Prix of Brazil Sao Paulo
20 Nov29 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

Compared to the 2014 calendar:

  • China & Bahrain switch their order
  • Korea added but it’s still listed as provisional
  • Japan & USA moved to be a week earlier
  • Mexico added
  • Brazil & Abu Dhabi a week later

Final championship standings, 2014

November 29, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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My last points update was after Brazil, so this update includes the final race:

  • Abu Dhabi (HAM, MAS, BOT, RIC, BUT, HUL, PER, VET, ALO, RAI)
1 HAM (384) = World Champion
2 ROS (317)
3 RIC (238)
4 BOT (186)
5 VET (167)
6 ALO (161)
7 MAS (134)
8 BUT (126)
9 HUL (96)
10 PER (59)
11= MAG (55)
11= RAI (55)
13 VER (22)
14= GRO (8)
14= KVY (8)
16= BIA (2)
16= MAL (2)
18= SUT, GUT, CHI, KOB, ERI (0)
1 Mercedes (701 points) = World Champions
2 Red Bull (405)
3 Williams (320)
4 Ferrari (216)
5 McLaren (181)
6 Force India (155)
7 Toro Rosso (30)
8 Lotus (10)
9 Marussia (2)
10= Sauber, Caterham (0)

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race

November 23, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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It’s the final race of the season; Mercedes have wrapped up the Constructors’ Championship, but which of their drivers will take the Drivers’ Championship?

There’s been lots of talk about Caterham, Marussia and driver shuffles – see my Qualifying notes.

ROS came out ahead in Qualifying; GRO will only be able to take 4 of his 20 place penalty, so he’ll also have to serve a drive-through penalty in the race; VET and RIC will start from the pit lane after Red Bull were determined to have been running illegal front wings.

MAG & VER still have free choice of tyres, whereas the top 8 must start on the same set of super-soft tyres on which they set their fastest Q2 times.

As the sun sets, the air temperature is 26°C; track 33°C; humidity 63%
Tyre choices: prime = soft (yellow lettering); option = super soft (red)

The mechanics clear the grid; ROS leads everyone away on the formation lap
Radio from HAM – there’s a lot of grip
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying

November 22, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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Lots of news ahead of the final race of the season; obviously a lot relating to teams’ (lack of) finances:

  • “Swedish Formula 1 rookie Marcus Ericsson has terminated his Caterham contract with immediate effect.” [BBC]
  • “Caterham’s administrator has told the BBC the team has made 230 staff redundant” [BBC]
  • “Caterham have announced that they will retain Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.” [BBC]
  • “Ecclestone has waived freight costs and chartered a plane for [Caterham] staff attending the season-ending race.” [BBC]
  • “Former Marussia reserve driver Will Stevens will make his F1 race debut with Caterham in this weekend’s [race]” [FIA]

In non-Caterham news:

  • BBC calculate how the Lewis Hamilton v. Nico Rosberg battle might play out.
    Current points standings [my blog]
  • “F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone doubts if the ‘stupid’ scenario of double points being awarded at the final race of the season will continue next year.” [BBC] (Hold on – wasn’t it Bernie’s idea in the first place?)
  • “Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided, his parents have said in a statement.” [BBC]
    “He is breathing unaided and his vital signs are stable, but his condition is still classified as ‘critical’. His treatment now enters a new phase concerned with the improvement of his brain function.” [FIA]
  • “Ferrari have confirmed that Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of the 2014 Formula One campaign.” [FIA]
  • “Sebastian Vettel will replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next season, after the Italian team confirmed a three-year deal with the four-time world champion.” [FIA]

Free Practice results:

  • FP1: HAM (1:43.476), ROS, ALO, VET, RIC
  • FP2: HAM (1:42.113), ROS, MAG, VET, BOT
  • FP3: ROS (1:41.424), HAM, MAS, ALO, VET


  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has been given a 20-place grid penalty at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for changing elements of his power unit. With only 20 cars on the grid, the penalty means that Grosjean will also have to serve a time penalty. Regulations state that an outstanding grid drop of one to five places will equate to a five-second penalty, a drop of six to 10 places equates to a 10-second penalty while qualifying in the bottom 10 will result in a drive-through penalty. [BBC]

OK, so finally on to Qualifying…

Air temperature 26°C; track 33°C; humidity 65%
Temperature will drop as the sun sets – it’s 5pm in Abu Dhabi, and already a degree or so cooler than FP3

Tyre choices: prime = soft (yellow lettering); option = super soft (red)

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
Will Stevens (STE) in the Caterham is first out of the pit lane
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