POS DRIVER PTS
1 Lewis Hamilton 413
2 Valtteri Bottas 326
3 Max Verstappen 278
4 Charles Leclerc 264
5 Sebastian Vettel 240
6 Carlos Sainz 96
7 Pierre Gasly 95
8 Alexander Albon 92
9 Daniel Ricciardo 54
10 Sergio Perez 52
11 Lando Norris 49
12 Kimi Raikkonen 43
13 Daniil Kvyat 37
14 Nico Hulkenberg 37
15 Lance Stroll 21
16 Kevin Magnussen 20
17 Antonio Giovinazzi 14
18 Romain Grosjean 8
19 Robert Kubica 1
20 George Russell 0
POS CONSTRUCTOR PTS 1 Mercedes 739
2 Ferrari 504
3 Red Bull Honda 417
4 Mclaren Renault 145
5 Renault 91
6 Toro Rosso Honda 85
7 Racing Point Mercedes 73
8 Alfa Romeo Ferrari 57
9 Haas Ferrari 28
10 Williams Mercedes 1
Latest F1 News and Commentary
Motorsports has a major dilemma to overcome
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.
Pole qualifying for Abu Dhabi GP Nico Rosberg easily beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win his 6th straight pole position in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi GP - the final F1 race of 2015. Kimi Raikkonen was 3rd for Ferrari another 4/10ths behind Hamilton. Rosberg's margin was 0.377s over Hamilton, and a whopping 0.814s over third-placed Raikkonen.
From Yas Marina TEAM REPRESENTATIVES Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault) Maurizio ARRIVABENE (Ferrari) Federico GASTALDI (Lotus) Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing) Claire WILLIAMS (Williams) Toto WOLFF (Mercedes)
by Mark J. Cipolloni Except for pitstops, polesitter Nico Rosberg defeated Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the 2nd race in a row in winning the Brazilian Grand Prix F1 race at Interlagos Sunday for the second year in a row. Sebastian Vettel came home third ahead of Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen with Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top-5.
by Brian Carroccio Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg edged teammate Lewis Hamilton for pole position in tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in Sao Paulo. It was the fifth straight pole for the German driver and 21st of his career. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third with Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen rounding out the top-five.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg won the Mexican Grand Prix parade today in his Mercedes GP, over his teammate Lewis Hamilton and Williams-Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in another Mercedes engine 1-2-3. Before over 150,000 sundrenched Mexican fans, there wasn't a single pass for the lead as Rosberg led every lap from pole (except for pit stops) for his 12th F1 win and his first since the Austrian GP.
4th straight pole for the German Nico Rosberg claimed his fourth straight pole position in Formula 1 qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix. The German beat Mercedes F1 teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.188 seconds. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was 0.370s behind Rosberg in third while Daniil Kvyat beat Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.001s for fourth and fifth on the grid.
Current Ferrari Third Driver To Race Alongside Grosjean In a press event inside the main lobby of the Soumaya Museum, Haas F1 Team founder and chairman Gene Haas named Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez to a race seat with his team when it makes its 2016 debut in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Gutierrez will race alongside driver Romain Grosjean, who was previously announced by Haas on Sept. 29th.
by Mark J. Cipolloni In a race that started wet but ended dry, Lewis Hamilton took advantage of a brain fade by his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to win the USGP and lock up his third world driving title. Rosberg accelerated too hard while leading Hamilton (i.e. he choked) and Hamilton was by for the win. Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari to give us yet another Mercedes-Mercedes-Ferrari, Hamilton-Rosberg-Vettel 1-2-3 finish.
The Star Spangled Future Of F1 In The U.S. For the first time since 2007, an American driver is racing an F1 car. Twenty-four year old Alexander Rossi has two starts under his belt now and come October 25th, a guy from California will be starting in the United States Grand Prix in Texas. Does it get any more ‘Merican than that?! In celebration of the star spangled resurgence of American F1, we prodded Alexander for some insight into COTA, F1 and its future in the U.S. Here's what he had to say:
Drivers and senior management on hand at Brixworth and Brackley After a dramatic, suspense-filled Sunday afternoon in Sochi, the team's factories in Brixworth and Brackley were filled with scenes of celebration today, as staff at both sites marked a landmark moment in Mercedes-Benz motorsport history. A second consecutive FIA Formula One World Constructors' Championship for the Silver Arrows sees a new chapter written in the long and successful racing heritage of the three-pointed star - 60 years after Juan Manuel Fangio clinched his second consecutive Formula One title with the marque.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton won the Russian GP for the 2nd straight year for Mercedes after his teammate and polesitter Nico Rosberg fell out early. Using the Mercedes' huge HP advantage it was a boring Sunday afternoon drive for Hamilton and his 9th win of the year. Sebastian Vettel came home 2nd for Ferrari while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen speared Valtteri Bottas on the last lap battling for third handing third place to Sergio Perez.
Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2-3 in Russian GP qualifying
by Mark J. Cipolloni Despite their whining for the last two weeks AR1.com predicted that Mercedes, with their 100 HP advantage, would dominate the Russian GP at Sochi. So far that prediction is spot-on as Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas qualified 1-2-3 Saturday. The fastest non-Mercedes, was Sebastian Vettel in 4th who was a second per lap slower until his late run put him 8/10ths back from Rosberg. In other words they have no chance.
At Sochi Several F1 teams preview the upcoming Russian GP at Sochi where the 100 HP Mercedes advantage will again see Lewis Hamilton run away and hide. The circuit in Sochi, which was new to the calendar one year ago, is regarded in our team as one of the kindest on the tires due to its special surface, the absence of very high speed corners and the cool ambient temperatures. On this basis, Pirelli has chosen the soft and supersoft compounds, as opposed to the medium and soft that were used one year ago: it will be interesting to reassess what that means for the car's set-up and race strategy.
Experienced Racer Joins American-Led F1 Team When Haas F1 Team makes its debut in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2016, it will do so with an experienced racer in Romain Grosjean. The 29-year-old Grosjean has competed in 78 Formula One races and scored 10 podium finishes, with the most recent being a third-place result in August at the Belgian Grand Prix. He is currently in his fifth Formula One season with Lotus F1 Team.
by Ethan Bregman Justin Wilson, my friend, my colleague, the man with whom I first stood on top of an IndyCar podium, is dead. His death last month was preventable. We in the racing industry had the technology and ability to prevent his death and we chose not to. In the 1950s, our engineering capabilities were such that racing cars would destruct on impact. They became cages of flaming death. The cars had no seatbelts and open cockpits, since a driver’s best hope for survival in a crash was a prayer to be thrown clear of the wreckage.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Using the superior power of his Mercedes engine, Lewis Hamilton took the lead of the Japanese GP and paraded to an easy win 18.9 sec. win. Hamilton nudged his teammate Nico Rosberg off the track in the first corner allowing Sebastian Vettel up to 2nd. But the massive HP advantage of the Mercedes was too much for the Ferrari and Vettel never got close to challenging Hamilton who is now all but assured of the 2015 title.
by Mark J. Cipolloni As predicted, superior Mercedes power won the pole for the Japanese GP. Nico Rosberg claimed his 2nd pole position of 2015 for the Japanese Grand Prix, but he was lucky as his teammate Lewis Hamilton was sure to beat him if not for a spectacular accident by Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat that brought a premature end to qualifying at Suzuka. The Williams-Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas set the third fastest time making it a Mercedes engine 1-2-3 on the fast Suzuka circuit.
by Brian Carroccio No doubt, racing is a bottom-line, cutthroat, what have you done for me lately business. That said, I think one would be hard-pressed to come up with a nastier, more drawn out, more it-really-didn’t-have-to-end-this-way divorce than what we’ve witnessed between Red Bull and Renault over the last 8 months. And while the general belief is that the Adrian Newey-designed RB chassis from 2010-2013 were the primary driving force behind the team’s four consecutive Constructor and Driver championships, Renault’s contributions to that historic run cannot be disputed.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel controlled the pace of the race from the start, pulling away from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at will, and waltzed to his third win of the year in the Singapore Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen came home third for Ferrari ahead of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton retired with engine problems.
Vettel takes dominant pole in Singapore for Ferrari
by Mark J. Cipolloni Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to get into the 1m43sec bracket and took pole position by over 1/2-second from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo for the Singapore GP. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Daniel Kvyat (Red Bull) will start 3rd and 4th making the first two rows all Ferrari and Red Bull. With his Mercedes power advantage negated on the tight Singapore streets, Lewis Hamilton will start 5th and Vettel prevented him from beating Ayrton Senna's consecutive pole streak.
As predicted, Mercedes embarrasses Ferrari in Italy
by Mark J. Cipolloni AR1.com predicted earlier this weekend that Mercedes came to Monza with their 2016 engine with one purpose in mind, to completely embarrass Ferrari at home in front of the Italians. They used all their 2015 engine tokens to bring maximum power to Italy and on Sunday Lewis Hamilton used that power to bury Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. With over a 20 second lead with a handful of laps to go instead of telling Hamilton to take it easy and motor home to an easy win, Mercedes instructed Hamilton to go even faster just to show Ferrari the superiority of their engineering staff.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Using a Mercedes engine with all the latest updates Mercedes could muster, Lewis Hamilton easily won the pole for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza with a lap of 1m23.397s. It was the 7th straight pole position for Hamilton who had the latest Mercedes engine that was not given to his teammate Nico Rosberg. After a semi-wet morning session, the weather was perfect for qualifying. The Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen will start 2nd.
by Mark J. Cipolloni In what was perhaps the most boring 1-2 parade by the Mercedes team in the past two years, Lewis Hamilton waltzed to an easy win over teammate Nico Rosberg. The only thing that prevented the fans from falling asleep was Sebastian Vettel's blown tire with two laps to go while running third, up from his 9th place starting position. This allowed Romain Grosjean to get third and a podium finish for the beleaguered Lotus team.
Hamilton smokes Rosberg as Mercedes goes 1-2-3-4-5
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton annihilated his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg yet again to easily win pole for the Belgian Grand Prix F1 race at Spa with a lap of 1m47.197s. Rosberg was 2nd followed by Valteri Bottas, Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez, all with Mercedes power. Something happened to Sebastian Vettel in Q3. The Ferrari driver was 3rd in Q1 and Q2 but ended up in 9th in Q3.
Mid-season interview w/Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr
Sauber F1 drivers The two-week factory shutdown and summer break is almost here. The Sauber F1 Team is more than halfway through the 2015 FIA Formula One Championship – so it is time for a recap and outlook. After a rather difficult 2014 season, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr put the Swiss team back into the competition, scoring a total of 22 points after ten Grands Prix.
by Mark J. Cipolloni 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel drove a perfect race to win the Hungarian GP for Ferrari, his 2nd win of 2015 while his opponents made numerous mistakes behind him. Vettel took the lead at the start from pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and led all the way except for pitstops. Daniil Kvyat brought his Red Bull home 2nd ahead of his teammate Daniel Riccardo. Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni For the 9th time in 10 races Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to claim pole for the Hungarian GP which will be a boring 1-2 Mercedes parade from start to finish. With temperatures exceeding 95 degrees F, Hamilton - who topped all three free practice session - topped Q1 and Q2 before posting time of 1m22.020secs in Q3. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel claimed third on the grid, but he is almost 8/10ths per lap slower than the dominant Mercedes.
Key changes to F1 and other FIA series The FIA concluded its World Motor Sport Council meeting today in Mexico City. The meeting was held as part of the FIA Sport Conference 2015, which also included the FIA American Congress, and was organized by the Mexican ASN, the Organizacion Mexicana del Deporte Automovilíitico Internacional (OMDAI). During the Council meeting, the following decisions were taken:
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton benefitted by perfect timing to change to intermediate tires when the England skies opened up and eased to an easy win over Nico Rosberg for another 1-2 finish for Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel drove brilliantly on the wet track to move from 6th to third ahead of the two Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas despite being down a reported 75 to 100 HP.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sandbagging Lewis Hamilton waited to go fast when it counted, won the pole position for the British GP over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. The rest of the teams are out to lunch, though Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas did manage third and fourth fastest time using Mercedes power in their Williams chassis giving Mercedes a 1-2-3-4 grid lockout. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fifth and sixth for Ferrari.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg dominated the Austrian GP from start to finish for an easy win over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Red Bull Ring Sunday. Felipe Massa held off Sebastian Vettel for third to give Mercedes power a 1-2-3 finish. Sebastian Vettel would have finished third but his Ferrari team could not get the right-rear tire on properly during his pitstop and he lost almost 10 seconds.
Sandbagging Mercedes drivers to start 1-2 in Austria
by Mark J. Cipolloni AR1.com has said all year that Mercedes has been sandbagging, with so much power in hand from their hybrid engine they can program in the HP they need to dominate whenever they want to. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel led the last two practice sessions while Mercedes sandbagged to let fans think Ferrari had a chance this weekend. Then came qualifying and the Mercedes engineers programmed in more HP and their two drivers blew Ferrari into the weeds to lock up the front row for the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring.
Motorsports Marketing must change to remain relevant
by Brian C. Mackey In recent years, the commercial "edge" for Motorsports Marketing, that has long been a trademark of the sport's effectiveness, has seemed to dull and become what others might phrase as "dated." The clues are abundant. Motor racing attendance is down. Television ratings are in general decline. Change, perhaps even radical change, has become a pivotal element in the reconfigured look at the strengths and benefits of motorsport marketing.
by Mark J. Cipolloni The only thing missing were the floats. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg paraded to a 1-2 finish in the Canadian GP F1 race in Montreal. Mercedes has been sandbagging all year with 1 to 2 seconds per lap in hand. When they need it they turn up the HP at each event as they need it Mercedes just sends a command to their engines from their computers and smoke the rest of the runners.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Horsepower is the name of the game with the long straights on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and the works Mercedes have the most horses of all, so Lewis Hamilton took pole number 44 in car number 44 for the Canadian GP F1 race in Montreal. Using the same superior Mercedes as his teammate, Nico Rosberg will start on the outside of the front row. Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will start 3rd.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton was cruising to an easy win in the Monaco GP until a caution caused by Max Verstappen crashing hard at Ste. Devote with 16 laps to go. After building a lead of 15-seconds over Rosberg, the Mercedes team brought Hamilton in for a switch to super soft red tires but Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel remained out and a furious Hamilton came out in third place.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton turned a lap of 1m15.098s to take pole for the Monaco GP over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Rosberg tried to respond to Hamilton's fast lap but ran out of talent at Ste Devote and locked his right front and ruined his lap. Sebastian Vettel will start 3rd for Ferrari but he was a massive 7/10ths of a second off Hamilton's pace. Sunday will be another boring Mercedes parade.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg needed a weekend like this one and he got it. Leading from pole Rosberg led most of the laps and won easily over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by over 17 seconds to win his first Spanish GP. Sebastian Vettel was a long way back in 3rd place proving Ferrari is not even close to the Mercedes team. Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes 1-2 in qualifying for the Spanish GP Saturday with a lap of 1m24.681s to beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton by over 2/10ths of a sec. - Rosberg's first pole since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year. More importantly Rosberg was 3/4 sec faster than Sebastian Vettel proving Ferrari has made no gain on Mercedes and we can expect a 1-2 Mercedes parade on Sunday.
F1 On 11 September 2015, 60 years will have passed since Mercedes-Benz competed in its final Formula One Grand Prix before taking a hiatus of almost 40 years. The race in question, the 1955 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, would prove a fitting end to an era which was as successful as it was brief for the Silver Arrows - Pole Position and victory going to Triple World Champion elect Juan-Manuel Fangio, with Piero Taruffi completing a one-two for the Silver Arrows and a 26-year-old Stirling Moss setting the fastest lap of the race before suffering a seventh lap retirement.
by Mark J. Cipolloni I'm sorry, I may be old school; however I have been around long enough to recognize what works in motorsports and what does not. When it comes to the world's foremost open wheel racing series - IndyCar and Formula One - both have witnessed steady measurable declines in recent seasons. And it's time for a major shake-up. In particular F1 and IndyCar need a major revamp of the technical regulations in time for the 2017 season.
by Gary Parravani Last weekend was the Espiritu de Montjuic festival, Barcelona's classic celebration of its speed-based heritage, a cacophony of noise and a gathering of epic racing machinery stretching back through the decades, driven at anything but pedestrian pace. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action in these photos.
by Brian Carroccio and Mark Cipolloni Pole winner Lewis Hamilton held off Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg to win the Bahrain Grand Prix. It was the World Champions' third win in four races. It was the first podium finish for Raikkonen since rejoining Ferrari at the start of last season. Valtteri Bottas scored his best finish of 2015 coming home fourth with Sebastien Vettel fifth. Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Massa rounded out the top-10.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton continued his perfect record in 2015 Formula 1 qualifying by winning pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, 4/10ths ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Vettel was the only other driver to lap in sub 1m33s, his 1m32.982s relegated Nico Rosberg to third. Last year's pole sitter Rosberg was 0.147s slower than Vettel, but just ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Chinese GP Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg waltzed to a commanding 1-2 Chinese Grand Prix victory on Sunday in Shanghai. The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, were 3rd and 4th. It was Hamilton-Rosberg-Vettel-Raikkonen-Massa-Bottas after the first lap and it stayed that way the entire 56 laps as F1 put on yet another boring parade, albeit instead of the usual Mercedes 1-2 and it was a follow the leader 1-2-3-4-5-6 with no one passing for position.
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 romp in Shanghai quals
by Mark J. Cipolloni Proving once again that the car is 99% of the game in F1, Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg by less than half a tenth of a second to take pole for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai Saturday afternoon. Hamilton has made a mockery of the field in China, topping all three practice sessions, Q2 and now pole.
by Brian Carroccio The world's first all-electric racing series debuting on the historic streets of Long Beach, highlighted an otherwise empty slate of major circuit racing during this past Easter weekend. Today, we'll look at the Long Beach ePrix, and a host of other subjects making news in the world of motorsports starting with the world of Formula One.
Vettel outraces Hamilton and Rosberg to win in Sepang
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel did what Michael Schumacher did before him and what Fernando Alonso could not. He ended his and Ferrari's Formula 1 win droughts as he beat the superior car of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton with his inferior Ferrari and race to victory in a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. Getting more laps and better pace out of the Pirelli medium tires than Hamilton could, the four-time world champion took Hamilton to school on Sunday.
Hamilton wins pole for Malaysian GP in tricky conditions
Nips Vettel by 1/10th. Rosberg 3rd On a drying Sepang track Lewis Hamilton kept the Mercedes domination alive by taking pole position for the Malaysian GP ahead of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and his teammate Nico Rosberg. It was the 13th straight pole for the superior Mercedes team. A large storm mid-way through Q2 meant Q3 was delayed until the heavy rain eased, as the cars tackled the slippery, but improving conditions.
by Brian Carroccio On track, the start of the 2015 Formula One season looked very familiar. As they did throughout most of 2014, the Mercedes AMG Petronas team dominated proceedings in the Australian Grand Prix. Defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole and led teammate Nico Rosberg in another 1-2 Silver Arrows finish. Third-place finisher Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished a distant 34 seconds behind Hamilton in what is an encouraging sign for the Scuderia after a trying 2014.
Hamilton beats Rosberg by 1.3 sec. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg brought home the Mercedes parade to a 1-2 finish in the Australian Grand Prix, 34.5 secs. ahead of new Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton led away from pole in Melbourne and played with his teammate the entire race, only momentarily losing the lead to Rosberg during the pitstop sequence before taking the 34th win of his career.
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2-3 in Australian GP quals
Let the parades begin! Defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the opening round of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship in Australia after his teammate Nico Rosberg choked in the final Q3. The Briton’s put up a time of 1m26.419s lap on his first run in Q3, while Rosberg had to abort his first effort after running wide onto the grass at the penultimate corner. Rosberg was beaten and he still had one more try to come.
by Mark Cipolloni and Brian Carroccio For the 2nd year in-a-row AR1.com owner Mark Cipolloni and reporter Brian Carroccio preview the 2015 F1 season in a head-to-head matchup of predictions for the season ahead. Check out their answers and see how you might have answered the question if given the chance. What do you think is the most intriguing storyline of 2015? Which driver is most likely to get their first F1 victory in 2015? Can Mercedes win the constructor's title again?
by Brian Carroccio Perhaps, the revelation of preseason Formula 1 testing has been the Sauber F1 Team. After a disastrous 2014, in which the Hinwil, Switzerland based squad scored zero championship points, new drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr have shown encouraging pace ahead of next weekend’s season opening Australian Grand Prix. Of course, it’s never exactly easy in the cutthroat world of Grand Prix racing. And for Sauber, before their drivers, or shall we say if their drivers, take to the track in Albert Park, they first have to visit a Melbourne court room to address their unresolved dispute driver Giedo van der Garde.
RB11 launched in Jerez After an intensely busy off-season, Infiniti Red Bull's Racing's 2015 Formula One car, the RB11, has hit the track and begun testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain ahead of the new season. Featuring a striking new test livery, the RB11 features a host of improvements in all areas as the team seeks to improve on its 2014 campaign, when it took the RB10 from a difficult start to second place in the Constructors' Championship.
At Jerez The new Williams Mercedes FW37 was unveiled today ahead of the first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain. The F1 grid will once again be adorned with the red and blue stripes that have grown to be so iconic in motorsport as WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING will be looking to build on their successful 2014 campaign where the team achieved nine podium finishes and finished third in the Constructors' Championship.
Gets Back to Work with the new F1 W06 Hybrid Silver Arrow The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team today unveiled its 2015 Formula One World Championship challenger, the F1 W06 Hybrid, ahead of the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. Drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg revealed the seventh Silver Arrow to compete in the Formula One World Championship to the assembled media, with Nico then taking the wheel for the opening test session of the 2015 season at the Spanish circuit.
Formula 1 The Sauber F1 Team will go into the 2015 FIA Formula One Championship with new drivers Marcus Ericsson (SE, 24) and Felipe Nasr (BR, 22). Raffaele Marciello (IT, 20) has signed as test and reserve driver. The roll-out of the new Sauber C34-Ferrari will take place at the first winter test in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain).
Formula 1 Renault enters the 2015 season with two objectives: to deliver competitive power units that run reliably and improves on its 2014 performance. After a tough season last year, the French manufacturer has taken a back to basics approach to achieving these aims, with a structural reorganization of its Viry-Chatillon headquarters the cornerstone. 'F1 constantly moves forward at a very fast rate. The sport evolves, technology evolves and the competition never sleeps so Viry needs to evolve at the same rate,' Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul explains. 'Viry needed a refresh.
F1 Sahara Force India launched its 2015 season today offering fans and media a first impression of how the VJM08 will look when it makes its track debut next month. A spectacular event at the Soumaya museum in Mexico City saw Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg pull back the covers to reveal the team's fresh new look for 2015.
by Brian Carroccio It's not entirely a wasteland. There was that 50-minute Formula E race from Buenos Aires, Argentina last Saturday. If you so happen to be in or around Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend or get MAVTV (I'm not entirely sure which is more likely), you can watch the world's most prominent indoor midget race, with the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. And of course, next weekend there will be what has become the unofficial start of the racing season in recent years, The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
by Brian Carroccio If the first part of our series outlining the governance of Formula One accomplished its goal, you came away with an appreciation and understanding of the complex, tangled web that is Formula One racing's ownership structure. You also are aware of how F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone in conjunction with a host of investors has built Formula One in a manner that allows him great say in the operation of the sport.
Then read this AR1.com has published many articles over the years on how to market auto racing to fans and most recently Brian Mackey has raised our game to a new level with some excellent articles on the marketing of motorsports. We have also criticized NASCAR and IndyCar for its aging fan population and the fact that they appear to have lost the youth of this country who do not have the same love for motorsports as us Baby Boomers. This article will help you better understand how teenagers use social media with the hope that the marketing people in USA motorsports find ways to connect with the next generation of potential motorsports fans
by Brian C. Mackey It happened last week. Alabama vs. Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. In my mind, this game will go down as one of the epics, one of the transformational games of the past several years. And I'm not talking about the Ohio State upset. Many may not have noticed, and those that did, may not have understood the significance of what transpired during the game. But if we're looking for creative ways to benefit from a commercial sponsorship, look no further.
Trying to understand the tangled web of F1 Most people don't fully understand the empire that Bernie Ecclestone has built that owns F1. It is a tangled web of companies that only he would be capable of establishing, each for a specific reason to protect and control the business of F1. In researching this article we learned a lot about this empire but we'll be the first to admit that we still do not fully understand what each of the companies are for.
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