After Abu Dhabi
Pos Driver Points 1 Lewis Hamilton 381
2 Nico Rosberg 322
3 Sebastian Vettel 278
4 Kimi Raikkonen 150
5 Valtteri Bottas 136
6 Felipe Massa 121
7 Daniil Kvyat 95
8 Daniel Ricciardo 92
9 Sergio Perez 78
10 Nico Hulkenberg 58
11 Romain Grosjean 51
12 Max Verstappen 49
13 Felipe Nasr 27
14 Pastor Maldonado 27
15 Carlos Sainz 18
16 Jenson Button 16
17 Fernando Alonso 11
18 Marcus Ericsson 9
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Alexander Rossi 0
21 Will Stevens 0
In what is typically a time of dryness and despair for motor racing fans, there was a bit of a respite this weekend in the form of an entertaining Rolex 24 at Daytona. While there were many enjoyable parts of the famous enduro, particularly the race to the finish in the GTLM class, for my money, the story of this weekend’s race was the breakout performance of Pipo Derani. There have, of course, been other stories in the world of racing of late.
by Mark J. Cipolloni I don't know when it's going to happen. It could be within the next 10 years. Maybe 15 years. For certain within 20 years. All the experts say that the future of automobiles is all-electric and self-driving. So what becomes of auto racing when cars are silent and driving is no longer a thing people do? Will there be any fans left to sustain the sport? Will people pay to sit in the grandstands watching a race in silence? Will people pay to watch silent race cars running around a track with no drivers in them?
by Mark J. Cipolloni Motorsports has a major dilemma it soon must address, or it will be faced with almost certain extinction. Increasingly manufacturers are using motorsports for R&D for its road cars. We hear all the time that manufacturers want the series they participate in to be relevant to the road cars they will sell either now, or in the future. I will be the first to admit that the manufacturers are the lifeblood of motorsports. They bring huge sums of money into the sport to try and develop better engines, better cars and better engineers.
Lone American trying to make a go in F1 As the racing season winds up and the holidays begin, the winter break for a race car driver is always a period of great reflection on the year just passed. As I look back on 2015, it was fantastic and there's plenty to be thankful for and acknowledged! In many ways 2015 was very successful year for me personally, my racing career and for those around me who help make it happen.
With the retirement of Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch's improbable championship, and a variety of on-track fisticuffs, it was certainly a memorable season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Last week, AR1's Pete McCole did a fine job reviewing those stories and more. So, for all things NASCAR 2015, I'll refer you to Pete, as I've been tasked with putting a wrap on the year that was in the world of single-seater racing.
Daniel Juncadella is Stars & Cars Champion of 2015
Hamilton & Rosberg get their lunch eaten A perfect way to round off the most successful year in the motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz, as Daniel Juncadella is crowned first ever Stars & Cars Champion. In front of 35,612 spectators at the Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart, the Mercedes-AMG DTM driver prevailed over Pascal Wehrlein in the fourth and final round of the day. This victory for Juncadella rounded off a motorsport season in which Mercedes-Benz claimed no fewer than 19 titles in Formula 1, the DTM, Formula 3, the GP3 Series and the AMG Customer Sports Program.
by Brian Carroccio If you look around, the signs are everywhere. Not that this is anything new, mind you. If you follow racing you are aware of the trends over the better part of the last decade, which have seen the sport decline in relevance and interest. Whether it's empty seats at races, declining television viewership, diminished sponsor support, or further dilution of the sport, racing is struggling. That trend continued in 2015, and there are signs the bottom has yet to be found. Worse, those in leadership positions either fail to see this or have chosen to focus their energies on non-essential matters.
All FIA series champions honored The FIA hosted its annual World Championship awards presentation in Paris last night and F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were the highlight. Hamilton collected his third F1 world drivers’ championship trophy, while Verstappen scooped three awards that were voted by ex drivers and media.
F1, WEC and more The winners of this year's FIA Championships have been honored in a glittering 2015 FIA Prize-Giving ceremony at the famed Lido theatre in Paris. In the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, the most significant triumphs of the motor sport year took center stage at the iconic home of cabaret on the Champs-Elysees.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg won his third F1 race in a row by dominating the Abu Dhabi GP over his Mercedes teammate by 8.2 sec. Starting from pole for the 6th straight race, Nico Rosberg dominated the race from the start, controlling the pace at the front. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari as the top 3 drivers finished just the way they started in true F1 parade style. The best drive of the race was by Sebastian Vettel who came from the back to finish 4th. Sergio Perez rounded out the top-5 for Force India.
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