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|
|Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||P||1||Lewis Hamilton||None|
|Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Red Bull–Renault||P||3||Sebastian Vettel||None|
|Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||P||5||Fernando Alonso||None|
|Mobil1 McLaren Honda||McLaren–Honda||P||7||Kevin Magnussen||None|
|Williams Martini Racing||Williams–Mercedes||P||9||Felipe Massa||Susie Wolff|
|Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India–Mercedes||P||11||Nico Hulkenberg||None|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso–Renault||P||14||Jean-Eric Vergne||None|
|Sauber F1 Team||Sauber–Ferrari||P||16||Esteban Gutierrez||Simona De Silvestro|
|Lotus F1 Team||Lotus–Renault||P||18||Pastor Maldonado||None|
|EQ8 Caterham Racing||Caterham–Renault||P||20||Kamui Kobayashi||Alexander Rossi|
|Marussia F1 Team||Marussia–Honda||P||22||Max Chilton||None|
|Panasonic Stefan F1 Team||Stefan–Toyota||P||24||Charles Pic||None|
|25||Giedo van der Garde|
|Haas Automotive||Haas–Ford||P||26||Sergio Perez||None|
- 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.
- 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)
|1||Argentina Argentine Grand Prix||Autodromo Juan y Oscar Galvez, Buenos Aires|
|2||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo|
|3||United States Grand Prix West||Long Beach Circuit, Long Beach|
|4||Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix||Autodromo do Estoril|
|5||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona|
|6||Monaco Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|7||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa|
|8||European Grand Prix||Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort|
|9||Canada Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal|
|10||Grand Prix of America||Watkins Glen, New York|
|11||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|12||French Grand Prix||Paul Ricard Circuit, Var|
|13||German Grand Prix||Nurburgring, Nurburg|
|14||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielburg|
|15||Swedish Grand Prix||Anderstorp Raceway|
|16||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi International Street Circuit, Sochi|
|17||Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Budapest|
|18||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||Mexican Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City|
|23||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|24||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka|
|25||Australian Grand Prix||Adelaide Street Circuit, Adelaide|
- 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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