2015 in review

Since starting in June, the response has been great and I am thankful for all the comments and support throughout the year. This year has been a building year for Formula One and 2016 is looking a lot more competitive throughout the field.

Pre Season Testing is nearing with the 1st test on the 22nd – 25th of February. The Australian Grand Prix then starts on the 20th of March.

This blog in 2016 will have a couple of changes. Good changes though! Including more News, Championship standings after every race and a more understanding of F1.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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2015 Facts and Statictics

Formula one 2015 has been a record breaker for many teams and drivers. We analysis the whole year in numbers and facts.

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Wins

  1. Lewis Hamilton         10 wins
  2. Nico Rosberg                6 wins
  3. Sebastian Vettel          3 wins

 

Podiums

  1. Lewis Hamilton               17 podiums
  2. Nico Rosberg                    15 podiums
  3. Sebastian Vettel              13 podiums
  4. Kimi Raikkonen                 3 podiums
  5. Valterri Bottas, Felipe Massa and Daniel Ricciardo  2 podiums each
  6. Daniil Kvyat, Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez      1 podium each

 

Constructor Podiums

  1. Mercedes                                32 podiums
  2. Ferrari                                     16 podiums
  3. Williams                                  4 podiums
  4. Red Bull                                    3 podiums
  5. Force India and Lotus          1 podium each

 

Pole Positions

  1. Lewis Hamilton               11 pole positions
  2. Nico Rosberg                      7 pole positions
  3. Sebastian Vettel                1 pole position

 

Fastest Laps

  1. Lewis Hamilton            8 fastest laps
  2. Nico Rosberg                 5 fastest laps
  3. Daniel Ricciardo           3 fastest laps
  4. Kimi Raikkonen           2 fastest laps
  5. Sebastian Vettel           1 fastest lap

 

Qualifying Battles

  1. Romain Grosjean        17        –       2       Pastor Maldonado (Lotus)
  2. Sebastian Vettel          15        –       4       Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
  3. Daniel Ricciardo          12       –        7       Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull)
  4. Lewis Hamilton           12       –        7       Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  5. Valterri Bottas             11        –        8       Felipe Massa (Williams)
  6. Nico Hulkenberg         11        –        8       Sergio Perez (Force India)
  7. Carlos Sainz Jr              10       –        9       Max Verstappen (Torro Rosso)
  8. Felipe Nasr                    10       –        9       Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)
  9. Fernando Alonso         10        –       8       Jenson Button (McLaren)
  10. Will Stevens                  9         –        3       Roberto Merhi (Manor)
  11. Alexander Rossi           3         –        2       Will Stevens (Manor)

 

Final Driver’s Championship Standings

  1. Lewis Hamilton                            381 points
  2. Nico Rosberg                                 322 points
  3. Sebastian Vettel                           278 points
  4. Kimi Raikkonen                            150 points
  5. Valterri Bottas                               136 points
  6. Felipe Massa                                  121 points
  7. Daniil Kvyat                                     95 points
  8. Daniel Ricciardo                             92 points
  9. Sergio Perez                                     78 points
  10. Nico Hulkenberg                            58 points
  11. Romain Grosjean                            51 points
  12. Max Verstappen                             49 points
  13. Felipe Nasr                                       27 points
  14. Pastor Maldonado                          27 points
  15. Carlos Sainz Jr                                 18 points
  16. Jenson Button                                  16 points
  17. Fernando Alonso                            11 points
  18. Marcus Ericsson                              9 points
  19. Roberto Merhi                                  0 points
  20. Alexander Rossi                               0 points
  21. Will Stevens                                      0 points

 

Final Constructors Championship Standings

  1. Mercedes                                703 points
  2. Ferrari                                     428 points
  3. Williams                                 257 points
  4. Red Bull                                   187 points
  5. Force India                              136 points
  6. Lotus                                          78 points
  7. Torro Rosso                              67 points
  8. Sauber                                        36 points
  9. McLaren                                    27 points
  10. Manor Marussia                        0 points

 

Record Breakers

  • Mercedes set a new Constructors Championship points record of 703 points. They bet last years by 3 points of a points tally of 701 points and that included the double points at the last race of 2014.

 

  • Mercedes claimed 15 front row lockouts out of a possible of 19.

 

  • At the Malaysian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari’s first win since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. This was also Vettel’s first win since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

 

  • At the Belgium Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean gave Lotus its first podium since the 2013 American Grand Prix. It was also Grosjean’s first podium since 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

 

  • At the Australian Grand Prix, Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr scored points on their F1 debut in 9th and 5th places.

 

  • At the Malaysian Grand Prix, Torro Rosso’s Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to score world championship points in 7th place.

 

  • For McLaren –  Honda drivers, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso it was not a great season for them. This marked Button’s worst season since 2008 and Alonso’s worst season since his debut in 2001.

 

  • Force India’s 5th place this year in the constructor championship is their best ever finish in F1 with 136 points.

 

  • At the Australian Grand Prix, with Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson in the points in 5th and 8th place, Sauber scored their first points since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

 

  • Lewis Hamilton ended the year with 43 wins, he most wins by a British driver. Hamilton is now 3rd in the all time wins. Only Michael Schumacher, 91 wins and Alain Prost, 51 wins are ahead of him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Review 2015

It has been a turbulent year for some teams with some not knowing their future in the sport although it has given us some great racing and a look at the future where Formula One is going. This time we look at my view how each team has done during the 2015 season.

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You will see from the “Driver Statistics and Review 2015” that all the statitics are there but I have added for the teams only “Race Retirements” to show how consistent and reliable they have been.

Mercedes

  • Wins: 16
  • Pole Positions: 18
  • Podiums: 32
  • Fastest Laps: 13
  • 2015 Finish: 1st, 703 points
  • Race Retirements: 2

2015 Season

Mercedes are the currently the most dominant team in the sport at the moment as the statitics show. Mercedes have won 16 races and only been off the top step of the podium 3 times. Mercedes were crowned the Constructors Champion at the Russian grand prix with Lewis Hamilton wrapping up the Drivers Championship at the American grand prix. Mercedes endured their worst weekend at the Singapore grand prix where Hamilton retired and Nico Rosberg finished 4th. Mercedes look to be the best in 2016 but Ferrari are hot on their heels and this battle will set up for an exciting 2016 season.

Ferrari

  • Wins: 3
  • Pole Positions: 1
  • Podiums: 16
  • Fastest Laps: 3
  • 2015 Finish: 2nd, 428 points
  • Race Retirements: 6

2015 Season

Ferrari have endured a much better season and being the biggest threat to Mercedes nearly all year round. Ferrari signed 4 times world champion, Sebastian Vettel to partner Kimi Raikkonen as Fernando Alonso left the team to join McLaren. Vettel has given the team all 3 wins with victories in the Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore grand prix’s. Ferrari look to be Mercedes biggest threat in 2016.

 

Williams

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 4
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 3rd, 257 points
  • Race Retirements: 3

2015 Season

A down grade in 2015 which saw them a not as quick to Mercedes than in 2014. Williams never really knew how quick Mercedes were going to be but Ferrari surprised them and everyone else to show how faster they were. Valtteri Bottas shone last year but team-mate Felipe Massa has proved that he is still as good as Bottas this year. With Podiums in Canada, Austria, Italy and Mexico. All was the last podium spot of 3rd place.

 

Red Bull

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 3
  • Fastest Laps: 3
  • 2015 Finish: 4th, 187 points
  • Race Retirements: 4

2015 Season

A season to forget for Red Bull. The season started off terrible until the Monaco grand prix where Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished 4th and 5th. The team had to wait until the Hungarian grand prix to get their first podium with Kvyat 2nd and Ricciardo 3rd. Most of Red Bull’s was down to their Renault engine. The engine was unreliable and Renault threatened to pull out of the sport. The momentum of 4 world championships has gone.

 

Force India

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 1
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 5th, 136 points
  • Race Retirements: 6

2015 Season

Force India’s first car was uncompetitive and did not see great results with a best finish of 6th. Force India introduced the B-spec version of their car at round 9 at the British grand prix. Sergio Perez secured 3rd place at the Russian grand prix. This was the team’s 3rd podium in it’s history. Perez scored in 12 races while Nico Hulkenberg scored in 9 races. Force India secured 5th place in the Constructors Championship, the best season result the team have earned.

 

Lotus

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 1
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 6th, 78 points
  • Race Retirements: 15

2015 Season

A definite improvement from the 2014 car with being able to be in the point scoring positions most races. Romain Grosjean scored the team’s first points in China. Grosjean scored the team’s first podium of the year in Belgium with 3rd. Pastor Maldonado endured a difficult season only scoring points 6 out of 19 races. He recorded 9 retirements throughout the season while Grosjean just recorded 6 retirements and 10 points scoring races. Financial problems hindered their season. The engine problems with Red Bull meant Renault bought the team and would rebrand the team for 2016.

 

Torro Rosso

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 7th, 67 points
  • Race Retirements: 11

2015 Season

Using the Renault engine, reliability was a huge problem throughout the year the same compared to sister team, Red Bull. Despite this, Torro Rosso had the youngest driver line up ever with Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. Both have impressed and have raced with both Red Bull drivers throughout the year. At the Hungarian and American grand prixs, Verstappen recorded a finish of 4th place. Verstappen had 4 retirements while Sainz had 7 retirements. Torro Rosso lost out on 6th place in the Constructors Championship by 11 points. Both drivers are highly rated and potential future champions.

 

Sauber

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 8th, 36 points
  • Race Retirements: 4

2015 Season

Sauber endured a tough and pointless 2014 season but a strong start to the season with Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson finishing 5th and 8th at the Australian grand prix to pick up well deserved points. For the Australian grand prix, Sauber had signed 3 drivers. Nasr, Ericsson and Giedo van der Garde. Van der Garde claimed to have signed a contract with the team to drive this year but was taken to court. Van der Garde later terminated his contract and did not race. With the team being uncompetitive points were rare. Nasr scored in 6 races while Ericsson scored in 5.

 

McLaren

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 9th, 27 points
  • Race Retirements: 12

2015 Season

Oh dear oh dear. Things have not been worse for McLaren as they tried to reunite the partnership with Honda this year. Fernando Alonso crashed in Pre Season Testing and missed the first race. Kevin Magnussen stood in for him. McLaren released Magnussen in October as their reserve driver. It had been McLaren’s worst start to a season since 2009. McLaren’s first points of the season came in Monaco with 8th place thanks to Jenson Button. Alonso’s 5th and Button’s 9th place in Hungary was the first double points of the year. More points followed at the Russian and American grand prix’s. No doubt this year has been a tough one for McLaren and bad luck is mainly due to the Honda engine. Lets hope 2016 is better for them, Button, Alonso and F1.

 

Manor – Marussia

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 10th, 0 points
  • Race Retirements: 3

2015 Season

The team decided to use an upgraded version of the 2014 car. The season did not start out well for Manor as they did not participate in the first round in Australia for the whole weekend. With Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens 12th and 13th at the British grand prix, this was the teams best result. The team decided to replace Merhi for Alexander Rossi for the Italian, Singapore, American, Mexican and Brazilian grand prix’s. Manor have confirmed that they will use Mercedes power units of 2016. John Booth and Graeme Lowdon will leave the team at the of this year. With the arrival of Haas F1 in 2016, Manor might be competitive enough to fight with the American team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driver Review 2015

Formula One 2015 has shown some great talent from drivers up and down the field. Now we review the year and look back to who have made their mark in 2015.

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Lewis Hamilton

  • Team: Mercedes
  • Wins: 10
  • Pole Positions: 12
  • Podiums: 17
  • Fastest Laps: 8
  • 2015 Finish: 1st, 381 points

2015 Season

Lewis Hamilton has been one of the fastest and dominant driver of 2015. Having won last year’s title, Hamilton’s dream was on emulate his “hero”, Ayrton Senna on 3 world championships and he did that at the American grand prix. Saturday’s Qualifying was Hamilton’s strong point earlier in the year and more importantly, he converted them into race victories and held a comfortable lead in the championship. Hamilton has only recorded 1 retirement and 1 non podium finish.

Nico Rosberg

  • Team: Mercedes
  • Wins: 6
  • Pole Positions: 7
  • Podiums: 15
  • Fastest Laps: 4
  • 2015 Finish: 2nd, 322 points

2015 Season

A downgrade from 2014 where Qualifying was his strong point was forgotten and was out-paced by team-mate, Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg took his first pole position and win at the Spanish grand prix. Rosberg then won in Monaco and Austria. Rosberg retired with 3 laps to go in the Italian grand prix. This left Rosberg 28 points behind Hamilton. Rosberg then took pole position in Japan, Russia, America, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Hamilton won in Japan, Russia and more importantly in America, where he won the Championship. Rosberg then won in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Rosberg’s late season storm didn’t come soon enough. The battle is on in 2016!

Sebastian Vettel

  • Team: Ferrari
  • Wins: 3
  • Pole Positions: 1
  • Podiums: 13
  • Fastest Laps: 1
  • 2015 Finish: 3rd, 278 points

2015 Season

Podium on his debut, gave Ferrari its first win since 2013 and finished 3rd behind both Mercedes drivers in the drivers championship. What a great comeback year! Vettel finished 3rd in Australia on his debut with Ferrari after leaving Red Bull where he has had all of his success. Wins in Malaysia, his first win since the 2013 Brazilian grand prix, Hungary and Singapore. A puncture with 2 laps of the Belgium grand prix to go, drops him out of the podium and the points. An out of the blue race at the Mexican grand prix sees him record his only retirement. Ends the year with 3 wins, 13 podiums and 1 fastest lap.

Kimi Raikkonen

  • Team: Ferrari
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 3
  • Fastest Laps: 2
  • 2015 Finish: 4th, 150 points

2015 Season

A better season compared to 2014. 2nd place in Bahrain secures his first podiums since the 2013 Korean grand prix. Retires in Australia, Austria, Hungary, America and Mexico grand prixs. 3rd place in Singapore and in season final in Abu Dhabi. Dominated by Vettel most of the year and beaten 15 – 4 in qualifying. Vettel beats him in the championship by 128 points. Signed for next and could be last year in F1.

Valterri Bottas

  • Team: Williams
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 2
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 5th, 136 points

2015 Season

Didn’t race in season opener in Australia due to an back injury. 14th in Monaco is his worst result of the season. 3rd in Canada and in Mexico. Was Ferrari’s man if they wanted to replace Kimi Raikkonen for 2016. Ferrari keep Raikkonen for 2016 so he could have a better chance in 2017. Out-qualifies team-mate Massa, 11 – 8. Only records 4 races out of the points and 1 retirement.

Felipe Massa

  • Team: Williams
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 2
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 6th, 121 points

2015 Season

Performs better than expected compared to Bottas whole year round. 17th in Japan is his worst result of the season. 3rd in Austria and in Mexico grand prixs is his only podiums appearances. Retirements in Singapore and American grand prixs. Disqualified after the race in his home in Brazil due to temperatures over the maximum at the start of the race on his right rear tyre. Scores 15 points less than Bottas in the final standings.

Daniil Kvyat

  • Team: Red Bull
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 1
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 7th, 95 points

2015 Season

The start of the season is poor and has to wait for Monaco where he finishes 4th. 2nd in Hungary ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in 3rd. Suffers a nasty crash in qualifying for the Japanese grand prix. Crashes near the end of the American grand prix after having a great fight with both Mercedes cars and Ricciardo in the rain. Finishes just 3 points ahead of Ricciardo in the final standings. 2 retirements, 2 non point scoring and 14 scoring races ends of a decent season.

Daniel Ricciardo

  • Team: Red Bull
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 2
  • Fastest Laps: 3
  • 2015 Finish: 8th, 92 points

2015 Season

Scores in all of the races until Canada, retires in Britain, 3rd in Hungary then retires in Belgium. 2nd in Singapore behind Sebastian Vettel. 15th in Japan and in Russia. 11th in Brazil and then 6th in Abu Dhabi. 2 retirements, 4 non point scoring races and 2 podiums. Still great racing and overtakes but could had better results if it wasn’t for the poor reliability of the Renault engine.

Sergio Perez

  • Team: Force India
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 1
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 9th, 78 points

2015 Season

An overall better year for Perez. Out shone by team-mate Hulkenberg in the early part of the season with the first car. Best finish is 7th in Monaco. The team introduced the B-spec version at the British grand prix and it had a much better effect. Perez crashed heavily in practise for the Hungarian grand prix, Perez retired in the race and marked his only retirement that year. 5th in Belgium, 6th in Italy, 7th in Singapore and then 12th in Japan. Perez finished on the podium with 3rd place at the Russian grand prix. This year marked the return of his home race of Mexico, where he finished 5th. 12 point scoring races and 6 races out of the points.

Nico Hulkenberg

  • Team: Force India
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 10th, 58 points

2015 Season

Hulkenberg started off the year in 7th place in Australia. 14th in Malaysia, Retired in China, 13th in Bahrain, 15th in Spain, 11th in Monaco and 8th place at the Canadian and Austrian grand prixs. Hulkenberg suffered a front wing failure in Hungary where he retired near the end of the race. He then stalled on the grid for the Belgian grand prix and then had to retire. He then retired in Singapore, in a collision with Felipe Massa, Russian and American grand prixs. He rounded the year off with, 7th in Mexico, 6th in Brazil and 7th in Abu Dhabi. In June, Hulkenberg won the the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. That made him the first active F1 driver to win since 1991.

Romain Grosjean

  • Team: Lotus
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 1
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 11th, 51 points

2015 Season

It has been a much better year for Grosjean being more reliable and scored 43 points more than he did last year. Grosjean scored his and the team’s first points of the season with 7th in China. Another 7th place in Bahrain, 8th in Spain then 10th in Canada. Two straight retirements in Austria and Britain, 7th in Hungary then followed by his best race all season with a strong drive to 3rd place at Belgium. 7th in Japan, 10th in Mexico, 8th in Brazil and then 9th in Abu Dhabi. Grosjean announced that at the end of September that he had signed for Haas, entering the sport at the start of the 2016 season. Grosjean ended the year with 6 retirements, 10 points scoring races and 3 non point scoring races.

Max Verstappen

  • Team: Torro Rosso
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 12th, 49 points

2015 Season

Verstappen has been one of the stars of 2015. Many people criticised him for he was only 17 years old and maybe too young to compete. Verstappen was on course for points at the opening round in Australia until his engine gave up. 7th place in Malaysia made him the youngest driver to score championship points. A brilliant 4th place in Hungary and then 8th place in Belgium. From Singapore to Brazil, he scored in every race with a best finish of another 4th place at the American grand prix. He ended the year with 4 retirements, 5 non scoring races and 10 point scoring races. Verstappen has also done some brilliant overtaking during the course of the season which has made him exciting to watch. Only one of his mistakes of the year came at the Monaco grand prix where he misjudged his braking point and collided with Romain Grosjean.

Felipe Nasr

  • Team: Sauber
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 13th, 27 points

2015 Season

The season for Nasr started out well with a 5th place in the first round in Australia. 8th in China, 9th in Monaco, 10th in Singapore, 6th in Russia and 9th in America are his point scoring races. Nasr recorded only 1 retirement and 1 race (British grand prix) where he did not start. Nasr is the second best rookie this year behind Max Verstappen. Nasr also bet team-mate Marcus Ericsson, 10 – 9 in the qualifying battle.

Pastor Maldonado

  • Team: Lotus
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 14th, 27 points

2015 Season

It has not been the greatest season for Maldonado with only scoring in 6 races. 5 retirements of of the first 6 races and another 4 retirements followed through out the year. 7th in Canada and Austria then 8th in Japan, 7th in Russia, 8th in Mexico and 10th in Brazil was his point scoring races. Thrashed by team-mate Romain Grosjean in qualifying. Grosjean out-qualified him in 17 sessions while Maldonado out-qualified Grosjean only 2 times. With Grosjean departing to Haas, Maldonado will become team leader at Lotus but will he step up to the job?

Carlos Sainz Jr

  • Team: Torro Rosso
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 15th, 18 points

2015 Season

Sainz, along with Felipe Nasr, scored his first points at the Australian with 9th place. 8th in Malaysia, 9th in Spain, 10th in Monaco, 9th in Singapore, 10th in Japan and 7th in American grand prix was his point scoring races of the year. Team-mate, Max Verstappen stole the show at Torro Rosso but Sainz was also there and doing a great job. 7 retirements and 5 non point scoring hindered his season. Sainz could have scored more points if reliability was better.

Jenson Button

  • Team: McLaren – Honda
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 16th, 16 points

2015 Season

Pre-Season testing was tough, scoring points were tough and the whole year was terrible for a standard for McLaren. Button and team-mate Alonso just about coped with that. Button and McLaren’s first points came at Monaco with 8th place. 9th in Hungary and Russia then 6th place in America was Button’s point scoring races. 5 retirements and 1 race (Bahrain grand prix) where he did not start. His future has been put in doubt but Alonso and him are hoping for a much better year.

Fernando Alonso

  • Team: McLaren – Honda
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 17th, 11 points

2015 Season

Alonso’s frustrations at McLaren have been heard on team radio through out the year and more importantly the “GP2” Honda engine. Crashing in Pre Season testing and replaced by Kevin Magnussen is Australia. Alonso returned in Malaysia, only to retire. Retires in Spain, Monaco, Canada and Austria before his first points of the year with 10th place in the British grand prix. A season best 5th in Hungary and that was his last point scoring race. 7 retirements and 9 non scoring races ended Alonso’s worst year since debuting in 2001. Rumours at final race that Alonso was thinking about taking a sabbatical if things did not improve. Alonso is to stay.

Marcus Ericsson

  • Team: Sauber
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 18th, 9 points

2015 Season

Having spent last year driving for Caterham when the opportunity to drive for Sauber came along, he took it and just in time as Caterham went into administration. With 8th place in Australia, Ericsson scored his first ever points in F1. 10th in China, Hungary and Belgium and 9th in Italy was his point scoring races of the year. Lost out in the qualifying battle with Nasr winning 10 – 9. 3 retirements and 11 non scoring races ended his year.

Roberto Merhi

  • Team: Manor Marussia
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 19th, 0 points

2015 Season

In a slower car like Marussia, small gains are a giant leap for the team. Merhi made his F1 debut at the Malaysian grand prix for the team did not participate at the Australian grand prix. Merhi retired at the Canadian grand prix. Merhi was dropped in favour for Alexander Rossi for 5 of the last 7 grand prixs. Merhi then missed Italy, Singapore, returned for Russia, missed America, Mexico and Brazil grand prixs. He returned for the last round of the year at Abu Dhabi. Merhi recorded Marussia’s and his best finish of 12th at the British grand prix.

Alexander Rossi

  • Team: Manor – Marussia
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 20th, 0 points

2015 Season

Rossi was chosen to replace Merhi for 5 of the 7 grand prixs. Rossi was announced at the Singapore grand where he eventually finished 14th ahead of Will Stevens. He then raced at Japan, Merhi came back for Russia then Rossi came back and raced in America, Mexico and Brazil grand prixs. Rossi then gave the car back to Merhi for then final round in Abu Dhabi. Rossi finished 12th, equalling the best finish at his home grand prix in America.

Will Stevens

  • Team: Manor – Marussia
  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 21st, 0 points

2015 Season

Many think Stevens is actually a rookie for this year but he competed in the final race of 2014 in Abu Dhabi for Caterham. Both cars did not participate in the opening round and Stevens did not start at the Malaysian grand prix due to a problem with the fuel system. Stevens raced in all races after that and redecorated 2 retirements with a highest race finish of 13th in the British grand prix.

When you think of it actually 22 drivers competed this year. Kevin Magnussen, who drove with McLaren in 2014, came to replace a recovering Fernando Alonso, who crashed in Pre Season testing. Magnussen stopped on the way to the grid due to an engine failure.

This year has been great for many drivers and not for some.