A sport that has been growing in popularity in North America is Formula 1. And for good reason. The years proceeding the 2014 championship were dominated by the Red Bull Racing Team and their driver Sebastian Vettel. Whilst the visceral wail of the V8 engines was intoxicating, the drivers and constructors championships were becoming predictable.
However that all changed for the 2014 session, in which the FIA took the brave decision to radically change the series. By removing the V8s and swapping for 6 cylinder plus electrical hybrid systems and introducing stringent fuel efficiency rules the FIA made F1 relevant to the challenges facing today’s motor industry.
But what would the racing be like…?
Well 2014 proved to be one the most exciting years for F1 ever. The once dominant force of Red Bull was over shadowed by Mercedes. And the once dominant driving skills of Sebastian Vettel were overshadowed by the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (possibly spurred on by the thought of .
And to crown it we had one of the most exciting season-long team-mate driver battles ever in the history of F1. The rivalry between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was up there with the likes of Alain Prost vs. Nigel Mansell, and James Hunt vs Niki Lauda.
The head to head battle was full of acrimony, crashes, and season long jostling for position. In the end it was Hamilton who was victorious as he managed to secure his 2nd world championship in the final race of the season.
So tune in for the start of 2015 in Australia:
- Practice Friday 13th March
- Qualifying Saturday 14th March
- Racing Sunday 15th March
If you don’t want to miss any races you can view the full calendar here.