Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Formula 1 in 2015

NOT an F1 driver in NOT an F1 car!
The 2015 Formula 1 season kinda-sorta-almost starts TODAY when the Force India team unveils their new car in Mexico!  Of course they won't be testing it right away, but the big news is that an F1 teams is DOING something, so that's close enough for me! The Williams-Martini team released just one photo of their car yesterday, so this has been very exciting for F1 fans that have to wait for March 15th when the first race kicks off the season in Australia.

The real season will be with us soon, so just like last year NMS will be making some pre-season predictions on top drivers and how the constructors (or teams) will finish.  Believe it or not, we've never driven in a Formula 1 race, so let me suggest to go to the McLaren F1 team website and hear from two time world champion Mika Hakkinen on what the off season and start of a new season means to a real F1 driver. He will be blogging during the year at this website, and his first post is an outstanding glimpse into that world:  McLaren-Mika-on-new-season

Right now it looks like the championship will have three sessions of on track testing before the first race on March 15 in Australia, so I'm going to make an executive decision and wait for some testing before making any predictions. To predict anything now would just be a waste of time...other than I'd have to say Mercedes will continue to dominate and win it all in 2015 for a back-to-back title for both drivers and constructors. You can find all the real info and dates at the official Formula 1 website: FORMULA ONE

Car launches / roll-outs

McLaren MP4-30January 29Online
Ferrari (TBA)January 30Online
Toro Rosso STR10January 31Jerez, Spain
Mercedes F1 W06 HybridFebruary 1Jerez, Spain
Force India VJM08February 19Barcelona, Spain
Sauber C34TBATBA
Williams FW37TBATBA

Pre-season testing

Jerez, SpainFebruary 1-4
Barcelona, SpainFebruary 19-22
Barcelona, SpainFebruary 26-March 1

2015 Formula One races:

March 15         Australia
March 29         Malaysia
April 12           China
April 19           Bahrain
May 10            Spain
May 24            Monaco
June 7              Canada
June 21            Austria
July 5               Great Britain
July 19             Germany
July 26             Hungary
August 23        Belgium
September 6    Italy
September 20  Singapore
September 27  Japan
October 11      Russia
October 25      United States
November 1    Mexico

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