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The 2015 F1 season was the first season following the departure of Bernie Ecclestone's management team and the commercial presence in F1, after a series of scandals leading to bias in choosing locations for new or returning races.

Teams and DriversEdit

Team Constructor Tyre No. Race drivers Third drivers
Flag of Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes P 1 Flag of United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton None
2 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg
Flag of Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull–Renault P 3 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel None
4 Flag of Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari P 5 Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso None
6 Flag of Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Flag of United Kingdom Mobil1 McLaren Honda McLaren–Honda P 7 Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen None
8 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
Flag of United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams–Mercedes P 9 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of United Kingdom Susie Wolff
10 Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas
Flag of India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India–Mercedes P 11 Flag of Germany Nico Hulkenberg None
12 Flag of France Jules Bianchi
Flag of Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso–Renault P 14 Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne None
15 Flag of Russia Daniil Kyvat
Flag of Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber–Ferrari P 16 Flag of Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Flag of Switzerland Simona De Silvestro
17 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin
Flag of United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus–Renault P 18 Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado None
19 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil
Flag of Malaysia EQ8 Caterham Racing Caterham–Renault P 20 Flag of Japan Kamui Kobayashi Flag of United States Alexander Rossi
21 Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Flag of Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia–Honda P 22 Flag of United Kingdom Max Chilton None
23 Flag of France Adrien Tambay
Flag of Serbia Panasonic Stefan F1 Team Stefan–Toyota P 24 Flag of France Charles Pic None
25 Flag of Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Flag of United States Haas Automotive Haas–Ford P 26 Flag of Mexico Sergio Perez None
27 Flag of United States Marco Andretti

Team ChangesEdit

  • McLaren announced a new long term partnership with Honda after a long term agreement with Mercedes ended. Oil company Mobil1 bought what shares Mercedes had in McLaren and also a bit more to come title sponsers.
  • In order to attract more young drivers to its program, EQ8 (who already sponser the GP2 team) purchased a 10% stake in Caterham. This meant that young drivers now have a link between the two teams.
  • After a not so good season with Ferrari the previous season, Marussia looked for a new engine supplier. Having already using wind tunnels at McLaren, the team looked next to Honda, who were interested in supplying engines for the team.
  • When there was only three bids received (which was then down to two after the Romanian's backed out after financial issues), the FIA agreed to allow both teams to race.
  • Of these teams, Ford bought a 25% stake in Haas in responses for using there engines. Toyota meanwhile bought a 40% stake in Stefan to supply the team with engines, technical support and more, while Stefanovic would run the outfit.

Driver ChangesEdit

  • Adrian Sutil: Sauber → Lotus (moved after poor season with Sauber, and when Grosjean left Lotus)
  • Adrien Tambay: DTM → Marussia (moved after being pushed out of DTM by drivers with more knowledge about German circuits. Given position after Bianchi went to Force India)
  • Charles Pic: Test driver → Stefan (moved to Stefan after a year of being a test driver)
  • Giedo van der Garden: Test driver → Stefan (moved to Stefan after a year of being a test driver)
  • Jenson Button: McLaren → Retirement
  • Jules Bianchi: Marussia → Force India (replaced Perez after the Mexican struggled)
  • Marco Andretti: IndyCar → Haas (joined after being outfavoured to ex-F1 drivers in Formula E)
  • Romain Grosjean: Lotus → DTM (not replacing Tambay)
  • Sergio Perez: Force India → Haas (had to scramble for drive at Haas after loosing out to Bianchi at Force India)
  • Sergey Sirotkin: Test Driver → Sauber (promoted after Sauber had poor season)
  • Stoffel Vandoorne: GP2 → McLaren (replaced retiring Jenson Button)

CalendarEdit

Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Autodromo Juan y Oscar Galvez, Buenos Aires
2 Flag of Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo
3 Flag of United States United States Grand Prix West Long Beach Circuit, Long Beach
4 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix Autodromo do Estoril
5 Flag of Spain Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
7 Flag of Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa
8 Flag of Netherlands European Grand Prix Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort
9 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
10 Flag of United States Grand Prix of America Watkins Glen, New York
11 Flag of United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
12 Flag of France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Circuit, Var
13 Flag of Germany German Grand Prix Nurburgring, Nurburg
14 Flag of Austria Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielburg
15 Flag of Sweden Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Raceway
16 Flag of Russia Russian Grand Prix Sochi International Street Circuit, Sochi
17 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Budapest
18 Flag of Italy Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
19 South Africa South African Grand Prix Kyalami, Boateng     
20 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
21 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
22 Flag of Mexico Mexican Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
23 Flag of United States United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin
24 Flag of Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
25 Flag of Australia Australian Grand Prix Adelaide Street Circuit, Adelaide

Rule ChangesEdit

  • After calls that F1 was becoming too machinery and not enough driving by the drivers, several driver aides were removed. These include DRS, ERS, telling the driver to change gear, automatic gear boxes, display telling the driver's time and more. The only things that remained was the radio. Instead, a new manual gear box with a gear leaver was installed along with a rev counter and a speedometer. There were no little buttons to turn the engines up or down or anything like that. Only the electronic braking devices remained. 
  • The number of engines that could be used was reduced to four engines. The penalties for a new engine were given as 10 place penalties on the following race's grid (as they were forced to start from the pitlane) followed by a ten second stop and go penalty.
  • Refuelling was reintroduced after a series of scandals the previous year in the fuel flow rate rules. However, they were only allowed to put 230 litres in the car for each race. Anyone that uses more will be disqualified.
  • Qualifying has changed to having two 30 minute sessions where all drivers are allowed to take part in both sessions. The driver's best time will be taken to give their grid position. 
  • After calls that the 107% was just a rule that was non-existant, the FIA put in that anyone failing to pass the 107% rule in dry conditions will not be allowed to race. In wet conditions, this rule is at 125%. If a driver fails to set a time, then the rule is applied to the driver's FP3 time.
  • The two new teams of Haas and Stefan will not be allowed to race until the first european race of the season due to allow the teams extensive testing to remove reliability issues.  
  • If a red flag is issued in a race, then drivers will not be allowed to change tyres, refuel or make any other changes to the car. 
  • After further calls that drivers weren't fighting hard enough to get points, the points have gone back to 10–6–4–3–2–1, apart from the final race, which will still have the 25–18–15–12–10–8–6–4–2–1 system.
  • The system of "Jokers" have been banned. This means that no changes can be made in curfew hours without a penalty. 
  • Car numbers were put back to the previous system after the new system was unpopular with the fans.
  • The number of grand prixs per season has been increased to 25

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