2015 Formula One season
FIA Formula One World Championship season
The 2015 Formula One season will be the 66th season of the Formula One World Championship, a motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the sport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Teams and drivers will contest twenty Grands Prix, starting in Australia on 15 March and ending in Abu Dhabi on 29 November as they compete for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' Championships.
Signed teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers are currently scheduled to take part in the 2015 Formula One World Championship:
|Caterham F1 Team[N 1]||Caterham-Renault||Renault||P||TBA||TBA|
|Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||Ferrari||P||7||Kimi Räikkönen|
|Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes||Mercedes||P||27||Nico Hülkenberg|
|Lotus F1 Team||Lotus-Mercedes||Mercedes||P||13||Pastor Maldonado|
|Marussia F1 Team||Marussia-TBA||TBA||P||TBA||TBA|
|Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||Mercedes||P||6||Nico Rosberg|
|Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Red Bull-Renault||Renault||P||3||Daniel Ricciardo|
|Sauber F1 Team||Sauber-Ferrari||Ferrari||P||TBA||TBA|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso-TBA||TBA||P||26||Daniil Kvyat|
|Williams Martini Racing||Williams-Mercedes||Mercedes||P||19||Felipe Massa|
New entries process
In December 2013, the FIA announced its intentions to open the grid up to more entries, asking for expressions of interest from what it dubbed "competitive teams" willing to commit to the championship until the 2020 season. Three applications were received, including a bid from Gene Haas, co-owner of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Stewart-Haas Racing; an entry submitted from Romania, and run in conjunction with former Jordan, Midland, Spyker, Force India and HRT manager Colin Kolles; and a third from Zoran Stefanović, a Serbian aerospace engineer who had previously attempted to join the grid for the 2010 and 2011 Formula One seasons under the name Stefan Grand Prix. The bidding process was delayed amidst reports that the FIA had only been looking to add one team to the grid, but that the first two bids were equally viable. Haas' entry, Haas F1 was the successful candidate, but Haas later deferred his entry until the 2016 season. Bernie Ecclestone announced the Romanian entry—named as Forza Rossa Racing—had been accepted independently of Haas.
- Honda will return to Formula One as an engine supplier, providing McLaren with a V6 engine and Energy Recovery System package, ending the team's twenty-year partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Honda had previously supplied McLaren from 1988 until 1992, when Honda ended their engine supply program. The company returned to the sport as an engine supplier in 2000, providing British American Racing and Jordan Grand Prix with engines until they purchased the former in 2006 and competed as a constructor until 2008. The project stems from the continued development of the Honda RA109 chassis - the successor to the Honda RA108 and sister chassis to the Brawn BGP 001 - after the team was sold to Brawn GP in 2009.
- Lotus will change engine suppliers, ending their association with Renault in favour of a deal with Mercedes.
- Max Verstappen, the son of former driver Jos Verstappen, will become the youngest driver to make his Formula One debut at the age of 17 years, 164 days when he starts the 2015 season with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Verstappen's promotion was considered controversial, as he will make his debut after a single season in open-wheel racing, having contested the FIA European Formula Three Championship in 2014. With the team electing to retain Daniil Kvyat in the second seat, Jean-Éric Vergne lost his drive after three seasons with the team.
The following twenty Grands Prix are currently scheduled to take place in 2015.
- The German Grand Prix is set to return to the Nürburgring, in accordance with the event-sharing agreement established between the Nürburgring and the Hockenheimring in 2008. The Nürburgring had previously hosted the race in 2013.
- The Mexican Grand Prix is scheduled to return to the Formula One calendar for the first time since 1992. The race is to be held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit located in the centre of Mexico City, which also was the location of all of the Mexican Grands Prix in previous decades. The circuit will be substantially reconfigured to accommodate the sport's return.
- The number of power units that a driver may use in a season will be reduced from five in 2014 to four in 2015.
- The rules regarding the points-trading system for engine development that were introduced in 2014 will change, with the manufacturers allowed to perform half the development permitted in 2014; the development will be halved again in 2016.
- Following the backlash over "ugly" nose designs in 2014, the FIA moved to amend the rules surrounding nose designs for the 2015 season. Noses will now be lower than in 2014, retaining a minimum cross section, but they must taper to a point at a fixed linear rate, effectively outlawing the dramatic finger shapes seen in 2014 in favour of a more gradual shape. Furthermore, the design of the nose must be symmetrical and consistent with the centreline of the car, thereby banning the more exotic designs, such as the "twin-tusk" approach used by Lotus on the E22 chassis.
- The procedure for restarting a race after the safety car has been deployed will change in 2015. Instead of the traditional single-file rolling restart with the pace controlled by the race leader, the drivers will return to the starting grid for a standing restart controlled by the race director.
- The Caterham F1 Team was sold to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors in July 2014. Although the team stated its intentions to continue using the Caterham name "for the foreseeable future", the team's continued registration as a Malaysian entry for the 2015 season remained unresolved at the time of the announcement.
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