2015 Formula One World Championship
The 2015 Formula One World Championship was the 69th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. Lewis Hamilton was the defending Drivers’ Champion after securing his second title at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team clinched the 2015 Constructors’ Championship at the Russian Grand Prix, ahead of Ferrari and Williams. The Mexican Grand Prix was held for the first time since 1992.
About 2015 Formula One World Championship in brief
The 2015 Formula One World Championship was the 69th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. Lewis Hamilton was the defending Drivers’ Champion after securing his second title at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team clinched the 2015 Constructors’ Championship at the Russian Grand Prix, ahead of Ferrari and Williams. Hamilton secured his third Drivers’ Championship with three races left in the season. Nico Rosberg was the runner-up, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third, another 44 points adrift. Caterham F1 and Marussia went into administration towards the end of the 2014 season. Both McLaren and Lotus changed engine suppliers for the 2015 season. The Mexican Grand Prix was held for the first time since 1992. It was cancelled after a venue could not be agreed upon, leaving the nation without a World Championship event for first time in fifty-five years. The 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship third-place finisher Maxstappen became the youngest driver to make a Formula One début, at the age of 17 years, 164 days when he started the season at Sauber. Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian S2 were released from Sauber, where they were replaced by the former Caterham drivers Marcus Ericsson and Marcus Merhi, while Felipe Nasr relinquished his seat in the Formula 3 5 Series to join Ferrari. Will Stevens drove for his first full season in the sport, while Roberto Merhi signed a short-term deal with F1 team Chilton, while Max Chilton drove in the Indy Lights Series.
The season ended in Abu Dhabi on 29 November, with the final race of the season taking place at the Yas Marina Circuit. The calendar featured two significant changes: the return of the Mexican GP, and the cancellation of the German Grand Prix after it was cancelled due to a lack of agreement on a venue. The driver line-ups saw a couple of changes prior to the season and one more prior to Singapore. Fernando Alonso replaced Kevin Magnussen at McLaren, returning to the team after he last raced for them in 2007. Daniil Kvyat was promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso to fill the vacated seat. The team chose not to renew Jean-Éric Vergne’s contract, and he went on to compete in the F E Championship while also becoming a Ferrari development driver. Lotus ended its association with Renault in favour of a deal with Mercedes. This ended a 20-year involvement of Renault with the Enstone-based team, after being an engine supplier to Benetton since 1995, and being the owner of the team from 2002 to 2010. Teams competed with tyres supplied by Pirelli, with Renault providing engines from 1988 until 1992, and Honda supplying them from 1988 to 2008. The last time Honda provided engines was in the 1990s, when they were supplying British American Racing and Jordan Grand Prix with engines until they purchased the former in 2006 and then had competed as a constructor until 2008.