Preview of the 2015 Formula One Season

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CHAMPIONSHIP FAVOURITE: Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to become the first Briton to retain the world title.

Fact file

• Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to become the first Briton to retain the world title. He is the championship favourite but Nico Rosberg will be keen to go one better than 2014 when he lost out to his Mercedes team-mate in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

• The most experienced and intriguing driver line-up is at McLaren where former world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have started 500 Grands Prix between them.

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• In contrast, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Junior have yet to start an F1 race.

• It will be Button’s 16th season in F1, making him the most experienced driver on the grid.

• At the age of 35, the 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen will be the oldest, while Dutchman Verstappen, 17, is the youngest.


• Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has the most wins of any driver on the grid to date, with 39, six more than reigning champion Hamilton.

This year will see the 66th season of the Formula One World Championship, motor racing championship (FIA).

Twenty-two drivers, representing 11 teams, will race at 20 different Grand Prix venues, starting in Australia on March 15 and ending in Abu Dhabi on November 29.


Lewis Hamilton is, of course, the defending Drivers’ Champion, having secured the second title of his career at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

And Mercedes will begin the season as the defending Constructors’ Champion, after claiming their first crown last term with victory in Russia.

The following teams and drivers have been officially registered to take part in the 2015, although crippling financial problems which forced Caterham to miss the final races of the 2014 season, have cast their entry into doubt. However, they have been listed (for the time being).

You will note that two teams – Caterham and Manor – have yet to name their drivers. And these could well come from Kamui Kobayashi, Robin Frijns, Antonio Pizzonia, Max Chilton, Timo Glock and Charles Pic.

 

 

Team

Constructor

Drivers

Caterham

Caterham-Renault

To be confirmed

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel/Kimi Raikkonen

Sahara Force India

Force India-Mercedes

Sergio Perez/Nico Hulkenberg

Lotus

Lotus-Mercedes

Romain Grosjean/Pastor Maldonado

Manor

Manor-Ferrari

To be confirmed

McLaren Honda

McLaren-Honda

Fernando Alonso/Jenson Button

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton/Nico Rosberg

Infiniti Red Bull

Red Bull-Renault

Daniel Ricciardo/Daniil Kvyat

Sauber

Sauber-Ferrari

Marcus Ericsson/Felipe Nasr

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso-Renault

Max Verstappen/Carlos Sainz Jnr

Williams Martini Racing

Williams-Mercedes

Felipe Massa/Valtteri Bottas

 

Season Calendar

Round

Grand Prix

Circuit

Date

 

 

 

 

1

Australian Grand Prix

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne

15 March

2

Malaysian Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

29 March

3

Chinese Grand Prix

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai

12 April

4

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

19 April

5

Spanish Grand Prix

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona

10 May

6

Monaco Grand Prix

Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

24 May

7

Canadian Grand Prix

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

7 June

8

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

21 June

9

British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

5 July

10

German Grand Prix

To be announced

19 July

11

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring, Budapest

26 July

12

Belgian Grand Prix

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot

23 August

13

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza

6 September

14

Singapore Grand Prix

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

20 September

15

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka

27 September

16

Russian Grand Prix

Sochi Autodrom, Sochi

11 October

17

United States Grand Prix

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas

25 October

18

Mexican Grand Prix

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City

1 November

19

Brazilian Grand Prix

Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo

15 November

20

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

29 November

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