Looking back at the previous season(s).
Since 2010 we have seen Red Bull-Renault dominating and winning both the drivers as well as the constructors championship four times in a row.
But last year, it was Mercedes who dominated the field
while Red Bull and other teams powered
by Renault engines had a difficult start and were plagued with reliability problems throughout the 2014 championship season.
The new 1.6L V6 turbo engine which was introduced had been criticized by many, and surely at the start of the season there were many complaints about
the sound this engine produces.
But on the other hand, they are more powerful than the V8 which means higher straight line speed.
Ricciardo clocked the fastest speed at Monza 2014 with 362 km per hour whereas with the V8 they managed to reach a speed of 325 km per hour.
Naturally it does not say much, Renault was certainly not the most powerful engine last season, lower downforce means the car will go faster in a
strait line, but a lot slower through the corners.
The biggest announcement came early September when it was announced that a 16 year old boy was contracted by Toro Rosso as a race driver for 2015,
, the son of Jos the
A horrific accident
at Susuka shocked many, Jules Bianchi lost control of his car and slammed
into the backside of a shovel which was there to remove the car of Adrian Suttil who spun at the same corner in the previous lap.
Two teams did not finish the 2014 championship because of financial problems, Marussia took part with only one car in the Russian grand prix, Caterham
did not take part for a few races but through crowdfunding, they managed to take part in the last race of 2014.
During winter it became apparent that a gap in the regulations allowed the manufacturers to work on and improve their engines, which they did of
Who has done its homework best, will it be Mercedes again, or perhaps Honda
who returns to f1
as the engine manufacturer for McLaren, Renault and Ferrari both had much work to do to close the gap to Mercedes.
The 2015 championship season.
Last year they were dominating the field, they were capable to win every race with ease if they were not struck by mechanical failures or made a
mistake which would cost them the victory.
It is rumoured that they found another 50 to 60 pk, so their engine will be even stronger than last year.
The race drivers are Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Red Bull Renault.
After the terrible start last year and problems with their engine package, Renault has been working hard to make the engine more reliable and
Sebastian Vettel has left Red Bull and secured a seat at Ferrari, Daniil Kvyat is the new race driver alongside Daniel Ricciardo.
While they are certainly capable of producing a fast car, the car last year again was not a winner, especially because their engine lacked power and
the drivability was not good.
Ferrari just like Renault has been working hard on their engine, also at management level people have been replaced.
Fernando Alonso has left Ferrari for McLaren, Sebastian Vettel who joined the team and Kimi Raikkonen are the race drivers this year.
It will be quite interesting how the performance will be this year compared to last year when they were the best of the rest behind Mercedes.
The mercedes engine as the powersource of their f1car is certainly a plus.
the same race drivers as last year, Filipé Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
Since Lewis Hamilton left the team at the end of 2012 McLaren has not been as competitive as they would have wanted.
But this year the McLaren is fitted with a new engine and Fernando Alonso has replaced Kevin Magnussen as the race driver alongside Jenson Button.
Force India Mercedes.
There are not much changes compared to last year, With Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez they certainly have two good race drivers, let's see if the
car is an improvement compared to last year.
Toro Rosso Renault.
Last years car was certainly not bad, but like their brother Red Bull they had problems with the reliability of the Renault engine and lack of engine
power compared to Ferrari and Mercedes.
Daniil Kvyat left Toro Rosso for Red Bull, Jean Eric Vergne did not get a renewed contract.
The new drivers are Carlos Sainz Jr (winner of 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Championship) and Max Verstappen.
Last year was quite dramatic, not only did they suffer the same problems as Red Bull and Toro Rosso during pre season testing because of the Renault
engine, they were also well behind in terms of pace because the car handling was not good.
The Renault engine has been swapped for a Mercedes engine and with their new car they are quite certain that they have improved the whole package
compared to last year, so a far better result is expected.
Like last year the drivers are Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
Like Lotus, Sauber had a dramatic year, driving at the back of the field and not scoring a single point in last years championship.
It will be interesting to see how they will perform this year, with Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr they have two young race drivers.
edit on 31-1-2015 by earthling42 because: (no reason given)