Teams & Drivers

The Championship line-up

The teams and drivers for the 2015 championship...

2015 Teams and Drivers


Mercedes

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1
Podium finishes: 39 | Championships: 1


Team Chiefs:
Toto Wolff | Paddy Lowe

Team Drivers:
Lewis Hamilton | Nico Rosberg

Team Profile:

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is based in Brackley, United Kingdom. The team competed in the pre-war European Championship winning three titles, and debuted in Formula One in 1954. After winning their first race at the 1954 French Grand Prix, driver Juan Manuel Fangio won another three grands prix to win the 1954 drivers championship, and repeated this success in 1955 when he won the second title for Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz withdrew from motor racing in response to the 1955 Le Mans disaster, and did not return to F1 until rejoining as an engine supplier in 1994. In 2009 they became suppliers of Brawn GP and Force India, and then returned with a factory team in 2010 after the purchase of Brawn. The manufacturer has collected more than 100 wins as engine supplier, and is ranked fourth in Formula One history. Two constructors and four drivers championships have been won with Mercedes-Benz engines.

Driver Statistics:

Lewis Hamilton

Country Great Britain
Podiums 76
World Championships 2
Highest race finish 1 (x36)
Date of birth 07/01/1985
Place of birth Stevenage, England

Nico Rosberg

Country Germany
Podiums 32
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 1 (x10)
Date of birth 27/06/1985
Place of birth Wiesbaden, Germany
Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari
Podium finishes: 511 | Championships: 16


Team Chief:
Maurizio Arrivabenee

Team Drivers:
Sebastian Vettel | Kimi Raikkonen

Team Profile:

Scuderia Ferrari is the racing team division of the Ferrari automobile marque. It is the oldest surviving and the most successful team in the history of Formula One having competed since 1950. Ferrari has a record 16 Constructors' Championships. Founded by Enzo Ferrari, they begun building their own cars in 1947.

Michael Schumacher and Kimi Räikkönen have won an impressive total of 15 Drivers' Championships for the team. Räikkönen is one of the current drivers, the other being Sebastian Vettel.

Driver Statistics:

Sebastian Vettel

Country Germany
Podiums 71
World Championships 4
Highest race finish 1 (x40)
Date of birth 03/07/1987
Place of birth Heppenheim, Germany

Kimi Räikkönen

Country Finland
Podiums 78
World Championships 1
Highest race finish 1 (x20)
Date of birth 17/10/1979
Place of birth Espoo, Finland
Mclaren

McLaren-Honda
Podium finishes: 391 | Championships: 8


Team Chief:
Eric Boullier

Team Drivers:
Jenson Button | Fernando Alonso

Team Profile:

Founded by New Zealander Bruce McLaren in 1963, the team won its first Grand Prix at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. In 1981 Ron Dennis took over as team principal, and so began the team's most successful period with Porsche and Honda engines, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna won seven drivers' championships, and McLaren six constructors' championships. The driver pairing of Prost and Senna was so dominant that together they won all but one race in 1988 season.

More championships came in 1998 and 1999 with Finish driver Mika Häkkinen and during the 2000s the team were consistent front-runners, with British driver Lewis Hamilton taking their latest title in 2008. McLaren announced in 2013 that they would be using Honda engines from 2015 onwards, replacing Mercedes-Benz. The team raced as McLaren-Honda for the first time since 1992 at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

Driver Statistics:

Jenson Button

Country Great Britain
Podiums 51
World Championships 1
Highest race finish 1 (x15)
Date of birth 19/01/1980
Place of birth Frome, England

Fernando Alonso

Country Spain
Podiums 97
World Championships 2
Highest race finish 1 (x32)
Date of birth 29/07/1981
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Red bull racing

Red Bull Racing
Podium finishes: 83 | Championships: 4


Team Chief:
Christian Horner

Team Drivers:
Daniel Ricciardo | Daniil Kvyat

Team Profile:

Austrian Formula One racing team Red Bull Racing, based in Milton Keynes, England is owned by beverage company Red Bull GmbH. The team, managed by Christian Horner have won four Constructors and Drivers titles, all of which with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel, making him a quadruple world champion. The team has used Renault engines since 2007, and has a contract to do so until 2016. In November 2012, it was announced that Infiniti would become the team's title sponsor from the 2013 season onwards, with the team to be known as Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

Driver Statistics:

Daniel Ricciardo

Country Australia
Podiums 8
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 1 (x3)
Date of birth 01/07/1989
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia

Daniil Kvyat

Country Russia
Podiums N/A
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 4 (x1)
Date of birth 26/04/1994
Place of birth Ufa, Russia
Williams

Williams Martini Racing
Podium finishes: 236 | Championships: 9


Team Chief:
Frank Williams

Team Drivers:
Felipe Massa | Valtteri Bottas

Team Profile:

British Formula One motor racing team and constructor Williams Martini Racing, founded and run by team owner Sir Frank William and automotive engineer Patrick Head. All of Williams F1 chassis are called "FW" then a number, the FW being the initials of team owner, Frank Williams.

Many famous racing drivers have driven for Williams, including Australia's Alan Jones; Finland's Keke Rosberg; Britain's Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button; France's Alain Prost; Brazil's Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna, and Canada's Jacques Villeneuve, each of whom, with the exception of Senna and Button, have won one drivers' championship.

Williams have worked with many engine manufacturers, the most successfull partnership with Renault: Williams won five of their nine constructors' titles with the French company. Along with Ferrari, McLaren, Benetton and Renault, Williams is one of a group of five teams that won every Constructors' Championship between 1979 and 2008 and every Drivers' Championship from 1984 to 2008.

Driver Statistics:

Felipe Massa

Country Brazil
Podiums 39
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 1 (x11)
Date of birth 25/04/1981
Place of birth Sao Paulo, Brazil

Valtteri Bottas

Country Finland
Podiums 6
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 2 (x2)
Date of birth 28/08/1989
Place of birth Nastola, Finland
Force India F1

Sahara Force India
Podium finishes: 2 | Championships: N/A


Team Chief:
Vijay Mallya

Team Drivers:
Nico Hulkenberg | Sergio Perez

Team Profile:

The Sahara Force India Formula One Team is based in Silverstone, United Kingdom. Formed in October 2007 when a consortium led by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya and Michiel Mol bought the Spyker F1 team for €90 million.

After going through 29 races without scoring points, Force India won their first Formula One world championship points and podium place when Giancarlo Fisichella finished second in the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. Force India scored points again in the following race when Adrian Sutil finished fourth, and set the team's first fastest lap, at the Italian Grand Prix. The team's only other podium finish to date is third, achieved by Sergio Pérez in the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix.

In October 2011, Indian company Sahara India Pariwar, purchased 42.5% of Force India F1's shares at US $100 million.

Driver Statistics:

Nico Hulkenberg

Country Germany
Podiums N/A
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 4 (x2)
Date of birth 19/08/1987
Place of birth Emmerich am Rhein, Germany

Sergio Perez

Country Mexico
Podiums 4
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 2 (x2)
Date of birth 26/01/1990
Place of birth Guadalajara, Mexico
Toro Rosso F1

Scuderia Toro Rosso
Podium finishes: 1 | Championships: N/A


Team Chief:
Franz Tost

Team Drivers:
Max Verstappen | Carlos Sainz, Jr

Team Profile:

Scuderia Toro Rosso, is an Italian Formula One racing team which made its racing debut in the 2006. The team functions as a junior team to Red Bull Racing, with the aim of developing the skills of promising drivers for the senior team. Since 2010, the team has competed entirely independently of their sister team.

From 2007 to 2013, Toro Rosso used Ferrari V8 engines, taking over the contract that their senior team broke from at the end of 2006 to switch engine builders to Renault. Toro Rosso now runs with Renault power as Team Red Bull does. The team principal is Franz Tost, formerly of BMW's motor sport division.

In 2014, Toro Rosso signed newcomer Daniil Kvyat. Kvyat spent one season with Toro Rosso before being promoted to the senior team Red Bull, and the team elected to overhaul their lineup by signing Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen, who in 2015 became the youngest driver in Formula One history at just 17 years old.

Driver Statistics:

Max Verstappen

Country Germany
Podiums N/A
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 7 (x1)
Date of birth 30/09/1997
Place of birth Hasselt, Belgium

Carlos Sainz, Jr

Country Spain
Podiums N/A
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 8 (x1)
Date of birth 01/09/1994
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Lotus F1

Lotus F1 Team
Podium finishes: 19 | Championships: N/A


Team Chief:
Gerard Lopez

Team Drivers:
Romain Grosjean | Pastor Maldonado

Team Profile:

Lotus F1 Team is a British Formula One racing team. The team has competed under the Lotus name since 2012, following the renaming of the former Renault team based at Enstone in Oxfordshire. Lotus F1 Team is owned by Luxembourg-based venture capital group Genii Capital. The team is named after its branding partner Group Lotus.

The team achieved its first race victory, and fourth position in the Formula One Constructors' World Championship in their first season.

Driver Statistics:

Romain Grosjean

Country France
Podiums 9
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 2 (x2)
Date of birth 17/04/1986
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland

Pastor Maldonado

Country Venezuela
Podiums 1
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 1 (x1)
Date of birth 10/03/1985
Place of birth Maracay, Venezuela
Sauber F1

Sauber F1 Team
Podium finishes: 26 | Championships: N/A


Team Chief:
Monisha Kaltenborn

Team Drivers:
Marcus Ericsson | Felipe Nasr

Team Profile:

Sauber F1 Team is a Swiss Formula One team, founded in the 1970s by Peter Sauber.

The team competed as BMW Sauber from 2006 to 2009, scoring one victory at the end of the 2009, however, BMW pulled out of Formula One and it was sold back to Peter Sauber and granted an enrty for the 2010 season.

Peter Sauber currently owns a controlling 66.6% stake in the team, with the remainder belonging to CEO Monisha Kaltenborn, who has been a leading figure in the team since BMW's withdrawal.

Driver Statistics:

Marcus Ericsson

Country Sweden
Podiums 9
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 8 (x1)
Date of birth 02/09/1990
Place of birth Kumla, Sweden

Felipe Nasr

Country Brazil
Podiums N/A
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 5 (x1)
Date of birth 21/08/1992
Place of birth Brasília, Brazil
Manor Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia F1 Team
Podium finishes: N/A | Championships: N/A


Team Chief:
John Booth

Team Drivers:
Will Stevens | Alexander Rossi

Team Profile:

The Manor Marussia F1 Team is a UK based racing team. Originally named Virgin Racing Marussia were one of three new teams to enter Formula One racing ahead of the 2010 season.

In 2014 the team scored their first world championship points with Jules Bianchi's ninth place in Monaco, but tragedy strikes when the Frenchman is seriously injured in the Japanese Grand Prix. Subsequently the team is absent from the final three rounds of the season due to financial problems.

Undeterred, they return for the 2015 season...

Driver Statistics:

Will Stevens

Country Great Britain
Podiums N/A
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 15 (x1)
Date of birth 28/06/1991
Place of birth Rochford, England

Alexander Rossi

Country United States
Podiums N/A
World Championships N/A
Highest race finish 14 (x1)
Date of birth 25/09/1991
Place of birth Auburn, California

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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

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F1 LEGENDS

F1 driving champions...

F1 LEGEND
Michael Schumacher

Schumacher

F1 World Champion:

1994-1995-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004

Wins: 91 Podiums: 155

Poles: 68 Fastest laps: 77


Schumacher

Schumacher is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He holds many of Formula One's driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions. In 2004 he won the most races in a single season – 13 (which was equalled by fellow German Sebastian Vettel nine years later). In 2002, he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season. According to the official Formula One website, he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen".

INSIDE F1

A brief guide to F1 race technology...

COMPONENTS OF AN F1 CAR f1 - brakes Extremely fast, single-seat, open cockpit, open-wheel racing car with substantial front and rear wings, fully integrated Hybrid turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 Power Unit positioned behind the driver, these are just some of the key components that make a modern F1 race car...

Braking

f1 - brakes F1 brakes are much more advanced than normal road-car braking systems. And in one particular area is the materials used. All the cars on the grid use carbon fibre composite brake discs, saving weight and enabling the car to operate at higher temperatures than steel discs. A Formula One brake disc weighs about 1.5 kg, which are gripped by special compound brake pads capable of running at up to 750 degrees Celsius.

Aerodynamics

Le Mans 24 Hours The most aerodynamic parts on a Formula One car are the front and rear wings, these make up 60 percent of overall downforce. These wings have adjustable profiles which can be alterted depending on the downforce required at a particular track. Tight slow-speed tracks need a more aggressive wing profile to increase downforce, whilst at high-speed circuits the wing is minimised to reduce downforce and increase speed.


F1 Season Calendar

The 2015 season race calendar

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GOING TO A GRAND PRIX?

Helpful list of track essentials...

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Nothing beats a day experiencing the thrill of an F1 race weekend. Below is a helpful check list to make sure you head to the track equipped with everything you need to make the most of the experience.

  • Race tickets
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  • Cash
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  • Memory card
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  • Hat
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