Grand Prix of Australia – Race

March 15, 2015 by · 2 Comments
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There was a lot of info about the new season in my Qualifying post, so I’m only going to recap the key items relevant to this race:

  • tyre compounds: prime = medium (white); option = soft (yellow)
  • a software problem for both Marussia cars prevented STE and MER running in free practice or qualifying
  • provisional grid: HAM, ROS, MAS, VET, RAI, BOT, RIC, SAI, GRO, MAL; NAS, VES, KVY, HUL, PER; ERI, BUT, MAG
  • BOT “will undergo Sunday morning medical checks to assess his fitness after he suffered back pains during qualifying”

Update: Williams is down to one car after BOT has withdrawn because of his back; this means RIC and everyone behind him move up one spot

Both KVY and MAG had problems on the warm-up and haven’t taken their spots on the grid

Revised grid: HAM, ROS, MAS, VET, RAI, RIC, SAI, GRO, MAL, NAS, VES, [KVY], HUL, PER, ERI, BUT, [MAG]

HAM leads a reduced field of just 15 cars away on the formation lap Read more

Grand Prix of Australia – Qualifying

March 14, 2015 by · 2 Comments
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It seems like forever since the end of the 2014 season, but Formula One is finally back! Did you realise it’s been over 100 days?

In case you missed it, I posted the 2015 Calendar and the Drivers & Constructors info way back at the start of February. Since then…

  • Alonso had an accident in pre-season practice and will sit out this weekend due to the concussion he sustained. [FIA] [BBC]
    Kevin Magnussen gets the seat but the rumour is that McLaren are off the pace and may struggle to make it into Q2!
  • Giedo van der Garde won a series of court battles with Sauber [BBC] which means the team would have to decide whether to bench Marcus Ericsson or Felipe Nasr … or risk having their assets seized and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn arrested.
    Despite parading around the garage in race overalls, van der Garde has now decided he doesn’t want to race in Australia! [BBC] [FIA]
  • Manor Marussia got the OK to race [BBC] and announced their drivers as Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.

All of which means the line-up for this weekend’s Grand Prix looks like this:

Team Drivers (number)
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton (44) Nico Rosberg (6)
Red Bull Racing Daniel Ricciardo (3) Daniil Kvyat (26)
Williams Felipe Massa (19) Valtteri Bottas (77)
Ferrari Sebastian Vettel (5) Kimi Raikkonen (7)
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)
Sauber Marcus Ericsson (9) Felipe Nasr (12)
Marussia Will Stevens Roberto Mehri

Tyre compounds for the first four races have been announced:

Race Primes Options
Australia medium soft
Malaysia hard medium
China medium soft
Bahrain medium soft

OK, so can we finally get on with some racing? :) Read more

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)
  Drivers
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)
 
  Constructors
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)

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