Given the unprecedented scale of their achievements last year, Mercedes enter 2015 with an extraordinary set of expectations and pressures – and in the knowledge that their rivals have worked tirelessly over the winter to catch up. So when the team headed to Silverstone for the first ‘shakedown’ of their new F1 W06 Hybrid, we went along for an exclusive preview
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have warned against expecting immediate results from Ferrari in 2015, saying that patience will be key to the Scuderia’s hopes of returning to the front of the Formula One grid. Vettel, who joined the Scuderia from Red Bull ahead of the new season, says his focus is on building a platform for success in the long-term
Ferrari have officially unveiled the SF15-T, the car the Italian team hope will return them to winning ways in 2015. The new machine, which will be driven by Ferrari’s all-world champion driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, features, amongst other things, a distinctive long flat nose and revised sidepods
Sauber took the covers off their 2015 car on Friday, and revealed a brand-new blue and yellow colour scheme. The Ferrari-powered C34, to be raced by the team’s all-new driver line-up of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, succeeds the disappointing C33 which last year became the first F1 car produced by the Swiss team not to score a single point
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg got their first taste of Mercedes’ 2015 Formula One car as the reigning champion team completed their first day of running during a promotional event at Silverstone. Rosberg was first to sample the F1 W06 Hybrid, with Hamilton then taking over – although a blizzard brought the day to a premature close, with the duo having completed 18 laps in total
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have expressed excitement about getting behind the wheel of McLaren’s newly unveiled MP4-30, though both are acutely aware that developing the Honda-powered machine will not be easy. Alonso, who re-joined McLaren from Ferrari over the winter, indicated that he’s prepared for possible teething problems when he gets the Woking team’s pre-season test programme underway in Spain on Sunday
McLaren have revealed the car that Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will race in 2015, the Honda-powered MP4-30. According to the British team, the new machine, which also features a revised colour scheme, is a ‘thoroughly refined evolution’ of their 2014 car with some ‘exciting new technical DNA’
Force India have announced that they will not attend the first pre-season test of 2015 as was originally planned, and will instead shift their focus to the second and third tests at Barcelona. The team had previously said they would run their 2014 car at the test, but will now skip it completely, saying: “learning opportunities would have been limited”
Williams have announced reigning GP3 Series champion Alex Lynn as their development driver for the 2015 season. In this role, Lynn, 21, will undertake simulator duties to help with the development of Williams’ new Mercedes-powered FW37 and to assist the Grove team’s race engineers in setting up the car for each Grand Prix
Renault say they have achieved a ‘fundamental’ overhaul of their Formula One power unit ahead of the 2015 season, as they bid to reduce last year’s performance deficit to Mercedes. Managing director Cyril Abiteboul said sweeping changes have allowed Renault to make significant progress over the winter in terms of both reliability and performance, with the French manufacturer now targeting upwards of the three victories they scored in 2014
Sauber will launch their new Formula One car online on January 30, just two days before the first pre-season test of 2015 gets underway in Spain. The Swiss team will unveil the Ferrari-powered C34 at 0900 GMT on the same day that Ferrari are also set to reveal their 2015 machine, the SF15-T
Ferrari have a wide scope in which they can find improvements and move back up the competitive order in 2015, according to technical director James Allison. Ferrari struggled throughout 2014 – the Italian team’s first winless F1 season since 1993 – as they failed to capitalise on sweeping regulation changes
Lotus have released pictures of their new Mercedes-powered E23 Hybrid car, which they are confident will prove ‘far, far better’ than its 2014 predecessor. While the team will retain last year’s line-up of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, they believe the switch from Renault to Mercedes power, and the implementation of lessons learned from last year’s struggles, will thrust them back to the sharp end of the Formula One grid
Jolyon Palmer may now stand the brink of realising a childhood dream after signing to be Lotus’s third driver for 2015, but he also knows he will have to work harder than ever to turn his new role into a permanent drive. In a candid interview, the 2014 GP2 champion sets out his goals for the forthcoming season and explains why joining Lotus was a ‘no brainer’, even if other third drivers haven’t always capitalised on their roles
Ferrari’s 2015 Formula One car will be designated the SF15-T, the team announced on Monday. The new car, to be piloted by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen this season, will be unveiled online on Friday (January 30), two days ahead of its track debut at Jerez on February 1
The waiting is almost over – in a little under a week the covers will begin to come off a new crop of Formula One cars, and soon after that pre-season testing will start in earnest. There’s much to look forward to, from the first glimpse of McLaren’s new MP4-30 – the team’s first Honda-powered car since 1992 – to four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel’s maiden outings for Ferrari
McLaren have confirmed that Fernando Alonso will give the new Honda-powered MP4-30 its maiden run when pre-season testing gets underway at Jerez on February 1. The Spaniard, who is returning for his second stint at the Woking team in 2015, will also be behind the wheel on day three of the four-day test
Stars of Formula One racing gathered together with the rich and famous last Friday for the third annual Zoom Charity Gala Auction at London’s InterContinental Park Lane Hotel. The auction raised over £20,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Force India have revealed a new team livery which will adorn their cars during the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship. The revised colour scheme, which was unveiled by Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg at a special launch in Mexico City on Wednesday, was presented on an old car following the team’s decision to delay the introduction of the new VJM08 until the second pre-season test of the year
Williams have become the first team to reveal images of their 2015 car, the Mercedes-powered FW37. The new machine, to be raced by Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, is an evolution of last year’s impressive FW36 which carried Williams to nine podiums and third place in the constructors’ standings
Toro Rosso will roll out their 2015 Formula One car in the Jerez pit lane on January 31, the day before pre-season testing gets underway at the Spanish circuit. The Renault-powered STR10 will break cover at 1700 local time (1600 GMT), with drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Junior both in attendance
Force India have confirmed that they will not introduce their new car until the second pre-season test of the year in Spain. The Silverstone-based squad, who are set to unveil a new livery in Mexico on Wednesday, will instead run their 2014 machine at the opening test in Jerez from February 1-4
Reigning GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer has joined Lotus as their third driver for the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship. Palmer, 24, will drive in a ‘significant number’ of Friday practice sessions as part of his deal with the team, which also includes test and development work and attending all Grands Prix and F1 tests during the year
Mercedes will reveal their 2015 Formula One car on the first day of pre-season testing at Jerez on February 1, the team have announced. Mercedes, who swept to a drivers’ and constructors’ double in 2014, will unveil the F1 W06 Hybrid before track action commences at the Spanish circuit
Mercedes will reveal their 2015 Formula One car on the first day of pre-season testing at Jerez on February 1, the team have announced. The Silver Arrows, which swept to a drivers’ and constructors’ double in 2014, will reveal their F1 W06 Hybrid before track action commences at the Spanish circuit
Force India will provide fans with the first glimpse of the 2015 Formula One landscape when they reveal the livery for their new car, the VJM09, on Wednesday. The team launch will also be broadcast live and online from 1500 GMT on the team’s official website
When Max Verstappen takes to the grid in Australia he’ll be creating history. Not only will the 17-year-old Dutch rookie become the youngest man in F1 history to start a Grand Prix, he’ll also become the 12th son of a former driver to compete in the world championship.
For the first time in six seasons, Fernando Alonso will no longer line up in the red of Ferrari when the 2015 championship commences in Australia in exactly two months. In tribute to their partnership, which established Alonso as one of the sport’s all-time greats even if it failed to yield world championship glory, we look back on a selection of his finest drives for the Scuderia
Ferrari have become the second team to confirm the launch date for their 2015 Formula One car, announcing an online reveal of their new machine for January 30. The Italian team will release further details of the car, including its name, in the build up to the launch
McLaren have become the first team to confirm details of their 2015 car launch, with the wraps set to come off its new Honda-powered machine in a digital launch on Thursday January 29. Images and information about the MP4-30 will be revealed online three days before the car is expected to make its public debut at the first pre-season test of the year at Jerez
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has formally confirmed how the new virtual safety car (VSC) system will work ahead of the 2015 season. The concept was introduced in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s crash in last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, and was trialled during practice at the last three Grands Prix of 2014
It may seem an age since the chequered flag dropped in Abu Dhabi to end the 2014 season, but fear not – in less than a month the teams and drivers will be back in action at the first pre-season test of the year. To whet your appetite, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most intriguing storylines heading into the new F1 campaign
Susie Wolff will get her first experience of Williams’ new 2015 Formula One car during the second pre-season test at Barcelona in February. Wolff’s drive comes as part of her expanded official test driver role with the team, which will also see her contest two FP1 sessions over the course of the season
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has revealed details of a new Super Licence points system, making it harder for drivers to become eligible for F1 competition. From 2016, drivers must have accumulated 40 points over a three-year period, with points allocation based on which other motorsport series they have participated in and the level of results they achieved
After months of uncertainty surrounding his future in Formula One racing, Jenson Button saw in the New Year in style after confirming an extended deal with McLaren and then marrying long-term partner Jessica Michibata. Ahead of the 16th year of his illustrious F1 career, we look back at a selection of the Briton’s finest drives – from fairytale wins to wet-weather masterclasses and the most epic of comebacks…
Williams have announced changes to their engineering department ahead of the 2015 season, including the recruitment of Dave Robson as Felipe Massa’s new race engineer. Robson, who will work under the team’s head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley, joins from McLaren where he spent several years working as Jenson Button’s race engineer
Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello has joined Sauber as test and reserve driver for the 2015 season, the Swiss team announced on Wednesday. Marciello, 20, already has prior experience of Formula One machinery, having tested for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi in November.
From Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa’s dramatic first-corner clash in Melbourne to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s emotional post-race embrace at Yas Marina, the past season provided many moments that will linger long in the memory. As 2014 draws to a close, we look back over some of the stand-out images from an unforgettable year of racing
Red Bull Racing have re-signed Sebastien Buemi as the team’s reserve driver for the 2015 season. It will be the fifth year in the role for Buemi, who was recently crowned FIA World Endurance Champion alongside fellow ex-F1 racer Anthony Davidson. “I’m very pleased to take on another season as reserve driver at Infiniti Red Bull Racing,” said Buemi
Ferrari’s new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has set his Italian squad a target of at least two Grand Prix victories for 2015, in what the Scuderia admit will be ‘a year of reconstruction’ as they bid to return to title contention. Following a difficult 2014 campaign – their first winless season since 1980 – and the exit of Fernando Alonso, Ferrari have undergone a comprehensive management restructure
Jean-Eric Vergne will join Ferrari as their test driver for the 2015 season, the Italian team have announced. Vergne will work on car development in the Ferrari simulator, operating alongside the team’s newly appointed test and third driver Esteban Gutierrez
The success of this year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix was formally recognised on Friday when Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, received the 2014 Race Promoters’ Trophy from Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One group, in a special ceremony at the Sochi Autodrom
Did you know that McLaren’s Jenson Button completed more laps than any other driver in 2014 or that Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo had the most consecutive points finishes? As the year draws to a close, we look back over some of the amazing facts and figures that helped make this season one of the most exciting and memorable on record
CVC, the controlling shareholder of the Formula One Group, today announces three appointments to the Board of the Formula One Group. Luca di Montezemolo and Paul Walsh have been appointed as Non Executive Directors, with effect from 1st January 2015
Formula One racing’s drivers, team principals and boss Bernie Ecclestone have joined together in their support of the 2015 annual Zoom charity auction. Held in association with Nikon, it is the third running of the event in aid of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Throughout a memorable and tense 2014 season, the stars of the sport were each asked to take a photograph that represented a snapshot of their world
Christian Horner admits Red Bull must make strides over the winter if they are to challenge Mercedes in 2015. Though Daniel Ricciardo raced to three victories for Red Bull during the 2014 campaign, the Milton Keynes-based team were never able to fully challenge Mercedes’ dominance as the Silver Arrows swept to 18 poles, 16 wins and both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles
Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, today unveils the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. The jury, which included the 2014 FIA Formula One World Champion and Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton and F1 commentator Martin Brundle, delivered its final verdict announcing a four-man British team as winners of the Grand Prize.
New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has announced a shake-up of the Italian squad’s management, designed to provide ‘a flat structure and clear assignment of responsibilities’. The changes include the departure of engineering director Pat Fry and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis
Wins and podiums may have eluded him in 2014, but Nico Hulkenberg played a starring role over the season as his remarkable pace and consistency helped Force India carry the fight to McLaren in the constructors’ championship. In an exclusive interview with Formula1.com, Hulkenberg reflects on the highs and lows of the past year, and discusses the targets, advantages and potential threats for 2015
New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has announced a shake-up of the Italian squad’s management, designed to provide ‘a flat structure and clear assignment of responsibilities’. The changes include the departure of engineering director Pat Fry and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis. Fry joined Ferrari from McLaren in mid-2010