Preview of the 2015 F1 Season

Date published: March 27 2015

The F1 season started in frantic fashion when it begun last weekend, and it’s clear to see that this year promises to be another enthralling one, with plenty hoping for the exciting finish we endured last time around, when Lewis Hamilton pipped team-mate and fierce rival, Nico Rosberg, to the Fomula 1 title, on the final race of 2014.

The first race of the season took place last weekend when reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton, cruised to victory in Melbourne, followed by Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, in second and third respectively.

This year sees Fernando Alonso return to McLaren, whilst Sebastian Vettel heads over to Ferrari, departing from Red Bull.

There will be no wide-ranging changes to the rules this season, compared to the changes that were introduced in 2014, such as the introduction of the 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid cars.

The main talking points as ever are whom people believe can take the Championship. On paper it seems like it could be a two horse race between teammates Hamilton and Rosberg once again, but can the likes of Williams capitalise on their impressive 2014 challenge, or can Red Bull and Ferrari mount a larger challenge this time around too?

Hamilton attained his second World Championship last season, and with many bookies backing him as the favourite to do so once again, it would be difficult to look elsewhere, especially after his victory in the first race. The Brit’s German team managed to post the fastest times in testing.

On last Sunday’s starting grid there was an F1 debut for 17-year-old Max Verstappen, who races for Italian team Toro Rosso. Verstappen became the youngest driver ever in the Championships. The youngster looks set to hold his new record for the foreseeable future, as the FIA have changed the rules since he was signed on, and the minimum age for drivers to be able to apply for a Super Licence now stands at 18.

Mexico will host their first Grand Prix in over 20 years, which means it will be a first home debut for Force India driver Sergio Perez.

But there will be no home race in Germany. Neither the Hockenheimring and the Nurburgring could agree a deal with Bernie Ecclestone, resulting in the FIA announcing that the race had been dropped.

This weekend’s race sees the drivers head to Malaysia, and with Hamilton once again the overwhelming favourite to win, his competitors will be eager to trump him to the finish line.