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.

14/12/2015

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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