F1 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix Results – Ferrari continue to grow!

A very interesting weekend at Bahrain.  Mercedes were kept honest by an increasingly competitive Ferrari.

At the start of the race day the two Mercedes cars were split by Ferrari on the grid. Mid race was dominated by tactical tyre choices and pit stops. And on the final lap  simultaneous brake failures on both Mercedes meant that Hamilton just managed to cliing on to his first place, with Raikkonen overtaking Rosberg to finish second.  Vettel made lots of mistakes (uncharacteristically) to claim 4th.

Other items of note:

  • Williams continue to grow following a great fifth place for the excellent Valtteri Bottas.
  • Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo took sixth even though his engine EXPLODED as he approached the finish line!!!
  • A dramatic improvement for McLaren-Honda with Alonso finishing the race and looking to be in contention for points until the last third of the race.

So Hamilton has won three of the first four races.  However with growing competition from Ferrari, and possibly Williams, it could be the start to the best season in years.

The next F1 race weekend is Friday 8th May in Spain.

F1 Maylasia 2015

Its no secret we are big Formula 1 fans here in the office, and 2014 was a very exciting year. However the start of the 2015 season in Australia was marred by the heavily reduced field due to drivers and cars not being ready for the start of the season.  In addition with a crash from Lotus and retirements from Red Bull, Lotus and Toro Rosso all but one driver, Button, who finished the race scored points.

This weekend is the Malaysian Grand Prix and the good news is:

  • McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is fit to race
  • Williams’ Valtteri Bottas is fit to race
  • Marussia will be racing

So with more cars and drivers, and hopefully a few lessons learned, this weekend could be even better.

F1 Australia 2015

Was the start of the 2015 season a disappointment.  A heavily reduced starting lineup and  various engine and gearbox failures meant that only 11 cars finished, with all but an ever optimistic Jensen Button piloting the new Maclaren/Honda getting a point.

Ferrari must feel pleased with their podium finish which points to 2015 being a more successful year, but after their dreadful 2014 season it couldn’t really have been worse.  Looks like the excitement for the first few races of 2015 will come from the race between Ferrari and Williams.  Poor Alonso must be feeling like he took a wrong turn with his move to Maclaren.

Next race will be on 28th March in Malaysia.  Predictions?  Lets hope Bottas is race fit for Williams, and Red Bull/Renault are over some of their teething problems.  Hamilton/Rosberg sure to be 1st/2nd.  But after that its could be very close…

Road Atlanta Announces 2015 Spectator Schedule

Sept. 30 – Oct. 3. 2015.

Vintage racing. Drifting. Sportscar racing. And now, after a short hiatus, Road Atlanta welcomes top-tier two-wheeled racing back to the 2015 schedule! MotoAmerica, the new premiere North American motorcycle championship, joins the lineup of spectator events at Road Atlanta this season and begins a new chapter in their rich motorcycle racing history. MotoAmerica is seeking to reinvigorate professional motorcycle racing in North America by assembling a season-long roster of the best competitors in the world at some of the most challenging and scenic race tracks across the country.

You can register for more information here.

Formula 1 – How it works

Phew, the 2014 season was unbelievably tense.  The drivers are having a much needed rest before the 2015 season starts in March.  If you are new to the sport and are interested in starting to follow the sport here are the basics.

Formula 1 is a team event that revolves around two championships, The Constructors’ Championship and the Drivers’ Championship.  Each team has two named drivers plus a supporting cast of managers, engineers and test drivers to keep it all working.  There is lots of inter-team rivalry (between each of the constructor teams) and extra intense intra-team rivalry (between the two drivers).

Ten teams will be competing in the 2015 F1 season. Drivers compete individually in the Drivers’ Championship while their combined points go towards the team’s tally in the Constructors’ Championship.  The driver and the team with most points at the end of the season are each crowned World Champions.

In 2014 Mercedes Petronas won the Constructors’ Championship and Lewis Hamilton won the Drivers’ Championship.

In 2015 there will be are 20 races, starting in Australia on 15 March and ending in Abu Dhabi on 29 November.  For each race the winning driver receives 25 points, with descending points allocated down to 10th place – receiving one point:

Points awarded at Formula 1 race weekends

1st – 25 points 6th – 8 point
2nd – 18 points 7th – 6 points
3rd – 15 points 8th – 4 points
4th – 12 points 9th – 2 points
5th – 10 points 10th – 1 point

A race weekend consists of three practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself. On the Friday there are two 90-minute practice sessions, with a 60-minute session on Saturday ahead of a 60-minute qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.  There are three stages to qualifying – Q1, Q2 and Q3.

The race itself cannot run longer than two hours actual driving, unless there is red-flag and it is stopped due to bad weather, a serious accident, etc.  The race can continue after a red-flag but the entire duration of the race cannot exceed 4 hours.