Two races in, and this Formula 1 season is already shaping into a hotly contested pursuit for the Championship. Mercedes carried forward their dominance from last season with a 1-2 at the Australian GP, and Lewis Hamilton in fact needled Ferrari after the presentation, with the words ‘Game on, Ferrari’. Ferrari did respond, with Vettel leaving Hamilton in his slipstream early in Malaysia and leading till the end.
A number of technical and sporting changes have been brought in this season, some as a result of Jules Bianchi’s horrible crash at the Japanese Grand Prix last year. Races are to now start an hour earlier so as to end before dusk and the Virtual Safety Car has been brought in which shows the speed at which the race car is to drive while the Virtual Safety Car is in force. Moreover, the double points that were available in the last race have been done away with.
The engine and aerodynamic regulations too have undergone changes (shocking how they do it every year). Constructors are now allowed to do half the development that took place in 2014 and such reduction will continue. This has resulted in increased development costs and complaints by Red Bull and Toro Rosso against the Renault engine, resulting in Renault threatening to pull out in order to protect its reputation. Complaints against the nose specifications too have resulted in changes, with a lower nose allowed as long as the minimum cross section remains.
Despite everything, this season is shaping into one of the closest two horse races which, barring surprises should be between Mercedes and Ferrari.
Competing Teams And Drivers
|Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari|| Sebastian Vettel
|Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India–Mercedes|| Sergio Pérez
|Lotus F1 Team||Lotus–Mercedes|| Romain Grosjean
|Manor Marussia F1 Team||Marussia–Ferrari|| Will Stevens
|McLaren Honda||McLaren–Honda|| Kevin Magnussen
|Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes|| Nico Rosberg
|Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Red Bull–Renault|| Daniel Ricciardo
|Sauber F1 Team||Sauber–Ferrari|| Marcus Ericsson
|Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso–Renault|| Max Verstappen
Carlos Sainz Jr.
|Williams Martini Racing||Williams–Mercedes|| Felipe Massa