F1 2015 Season Highlights

With fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing, plenty of drama and Britain’s Lewis Hamilton crowned champion with three races to go, it has been another eventful year in Formula 1.

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Being passionate about all things motorsport, we’ve documented the key moments which have defined the story of the 2015 season.

Australian Grand Prix – 15/03/2015

Laying down a marker for what was to come, Lewis Hamilton won the opening race of the season with ease, taking the lead of the world driver’s championship.

17-year-old rookie Max Verstappen also became the youngest ever driver to start a world championship race, immediately impressing with his maturity and seemingly fearless driving style.

Malaysian Grand Prix – 29/03/2015

Sebastian Vettel won his first ever race for Ferrari. It was an emotional victory for the German, justifying the move to his new team and silencing a few critics in the process.

Spanish Grand Prix – 10/05/2015

Nico Rosberg took his first win of the season in emphatic style, reducing the points deficit in the championship to his teammate.

Monaco Grand Prix – 24/05/2015

Often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the F1 calendar, once again Monaco didn’t disappoint. Against one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops, it seemed as though Lewis Hamilton had this one in the bag. In the end though, he took a precautionary pit stop and handed the victory to his teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg, who has now won the race for three successive years – an impressive feat only matched by three other drivers in history.

Canadian Grand Prix – 07/06/2015

Lewis Hamilton bounced back, earning his fourth career victory around the Circuit Gille Villeneuve.

Austrian Grand Prix – 21/06/2015

Felipe Massa scored the 40th podium of his career in the Williams FW37.

British Grand Prix – 05/07/2015

Rain affected this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, but Lewis Hamilton timed his strategy to perfection, choosing to pit for intermediate tyres at the exact time in which rain began to fall harder. His quick reactions left his competitors trailing, and gave him his third victory around Silverstone to the delight of a capacity crowd.

Hungarian Grand Prix – 26/07/2015

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat drove brilliantly to take his first ever career podium, finishing in second place.

Belgian Grand Prix – 23/08/2015

Lewis Hamilton achieved Mercedes’ first win at Spa Francorchamps since Fangio in 1955.

Lotus and Romain Grosjean scored their first podium of the season.

Italian Grand Prix – 06/09/2015

Lewis Hamilton produced one of his finest career drives, with a grand chelem (pole, win, fastest lap and led every lap of the race).

Singapore Grand Prix – 20/09/2015

Ferrari made a return to form, with Sebastian Vettel giving a masterclass in dominance for his second win of the season.

Japanese Grand Prix – 27/09/2015

In just one more race start, Lewis Hamilton matched Ayrton Senna’s tally of victories on the track where he famously won all three of his world championships.

Russian Grand Prix – 11/10/2015

Sergio Perez took his first podium of the season and Force India’s third in F1.

Custom podium hats made a welcome return, with each driver receiving special Cossack-style headgear to wear on this occasion.

Mercedes AMG Petronas celebrated their 2015 Constructor’s championship.

United States Grand Prix – 25/10/2015

In arguably the most dramatic race of the season, and in characteristically dramatic style, Lewis Hamilton clinched his third F1 title and declared that it was “the greatest moment of my life”. The journey to race victory had been fraught with obstacles however, with limited running due to heavy rain and multiple safety cars during the course of the afternoon. Eventually, a rare mistake from Nico Rosberg allowed Lewis to take the lead and ultimately go on to win the race and the championship, equalling his hero Ayrton Senna.

Mexican Grand Prix – 01/11/2015

Formula 1 returned to Mexico for the first time since 1992 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit. The event was a colossal success, with a completely sold-out crowd and a fantastic new ‘stadium’ section which allowed fans to get closer to the action and show their support for their home hero, Sergio Perez. It is safe to say that due the success of this year’s race, it looks as though it could become a staple event on the calendar.

And yet more custom podium hats! This time in the shape of sombreros.

The final race of the 2015 season takes place in Abu Dhabi on the 29th November.

What to look out for in 2016:

  • The further development of the McLaren-Honda. Will their partnership begin to deliver the goods?
  • The rivalry between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton continues. Can Nico turn the tables and outscore Lewis in 2016?
  • Ferrari’s resurgence. Growing ever closer to Mercedes, can they create a package which can genuinely challenge Mercedes for the championship?
  • Max Verstappen’s second year in F1. No longer a rookie, what more are we yet to see from young Max? Can he show us that he has what it takes to be a future world champion?
  • Haas F1 enters the sport as the first new team since 2010. With Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez on board, with backing from Ferrari and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owner Gene Haas at the helm, could they be well-placed to score some good points next year?

Featured image sourced from Antonio Moles