F1 2015 team preview: Mercedes

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Mercedes AMG Petronas

Drivers
No. 44 Lewis Hamilton
No. 6 Nico Rosberg

First Race: 1954 French Grand Prix
Grands Prix: 108
Pole Positions:
35
Fastest Laps:
25
Race Wins:
29
Constructors’ Championships:
1
2014 Championship Result:
1st (701 points)

Mercedes enters the 2015 season facing a race to repeat last year’s record-breaking campaign that comprised of 16 wins and 18 pole positions. The W05 Hybrid was the class of the field, taking to the new technical regulations seamlessly and leaving the rest of the grid trailing in its wake. The challenge in 2015 is to build upon this. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have admitted that they are wary of Ferrari and Williams’ pace, yet in winter testing, it appears that the Silver Arrows have lost none of their advantage.

This could turn out to be another season of devastating dominance from Mercedes. It may be an ominous forecast, but the stiffest challenge that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will face for the title this year will be each other – and we all know how explosive that was last year.

LEWIS HAMILTON No. 44

Hamilton’s title victory last November was nothing short of sensational. After overcoming all of the pitfalls that were laid in front of him, he picked up 193 of a possible 200 points to finish the season. The Briton now has a chance to truly establish himself as one of F1’s all-time greats by securing a third world title, but Rosberg will be hungry to get his own back after losing out last season. Hamilton knows he is the quicker driver though, and in reality, the biggest rival that Lewis faces this year is Lewis himself. He needs to put the off-track dramas and fame to one side and let his racing do the talking. He is the favorite for 2015, though.

NICO ROSBERG No. 6

Seems hard to believe, but 2015 will already mark Rosberg’s 10th season in Formula 1. His ninth was his best yet, as he made the leap from race winner to title contender, but the measure of his 2015 season will be how well he can convert his qualifying performances into results on Sundays. He finally experienced the pressure cooker of a yearlong championship fight last year, and having lost one he now knows what he must improve upon in order to win the inter-team battle that will likely determine the World Champion.