F1 2015 Primer: The Teams

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Following on from our F1 2015 Primer looking at the 20 drivers that are set to race this season, here’s a run-down of the ten teams that will line up on the grid at this Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

The pecking order in F1 changed significantly in 2014, with Mercedes storming to the front of the field by taking full advantage of the new technical regulations.

Behind the Silver Arrows, Williams, Red Bull and Ferrari look to be left battling for second place, whilst McLaren will be hoping to bounce back this year after switching to Honda power units.

Here’s how the grid is shaping up in 2015.

Mercedes AMG Petronas

The defending champion team, Mercedes will be looking to secure another pair of titles in 2015. All of the early signs suggest that it will have little trouble in doing so, having produced yet another superb car in the form of the W06 Hybrid. In Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes has two quick and competitive drivers, but the team management will be doing all it can to ensure that tensions do not boil over as they did at Spa last year.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

After dominating F1 between 2010 and 2013, Red Bull’s 2014 was rather lacklustre in comparison, with Daniel Ricciardo scoring all three of its wins. The Australian driver will lead its charge in 2015 after Sebastian Vettel’s departure to Ferrari, with Daniil Kvyat moving up from Toro Rosso after just one season in F1 to replace the German. The team may lack depth and experience this year, but its line-up is one of the youngest and most interesting on the grid.

Williams Martini Racing

Williams’ return to the top table of F1 in 2014 came as a welcome surprise to the seasoned fan, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa reaping the rewards of the changes made at the team over the past few years. Once again, the team should be fighting at the front of the field in 2015, and could perhaps even be the team to snatch a win should Mercedes drop the ball at any time this year.

Scuderia Ferrari

2015 marks a new beginning at Maranello. The old regime has been ousted out after years of mediocrity and missed opportunities, and now Sebastian Vettel is the driver Ferrari’s efforts are focused on. Maurizio Arrivabene and Sergio Marchionne offer a fresh perspective for F1’s most famous team, and if its pre-season testing pace is to be taken seriously, 2015 could well hold far better things for Ferrari.

McLaren-Honda

Like Ferrari, McLaren is starting a new era in 2015 with the arrival of Honda engines and former Ferrari man Fernando Alonso. The British team has also grown tired of fighting in the midfield, having not won a grand prix since the end of the 2012 season. Immediate success may not come about with Honda, but once the teething problems are resolved, McLaren could yet rekindle the glory days of the last time it paired with the Japanese manufacturer in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Sahara Force India F1 Team

Force India has come close to beating McLaren in each of the past two years, and appeared to have the momentum coming into 2015 to mount a serious challenge against the British team. However, financial difficulties meant that Force India could not debut its new car until the final test of pre-season, putting it on the back foot. Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are two talented drivers, but neither should be getting their hopes up heading into the new year.

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Red Bull’s satellite team continues to be a training ground for its future drivers in 2015, with Max Verstappen (17) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (20) arriving to form the youngest line-up in the history of F1. The lack of experience could cost the team this year, especially with Verstappen having spent just one year in single seaters, but at the same time, this is an exciting line-up that could be spoken about for years to come.

Lotus F1 Team

After coming close to financial doom in the past couple of years, Lotus managed to steady the ship last year and is now on the cusp of a revival in F1. The E23 Hybrid is an all-new car, not an evolution, giving the team a chance to break with the past. The arrival of Mercedes engines should also aid the team’s cause, and although both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado may have critics, both have proven to be very difficult to beat on their day.

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Rising like a phoenix from the flames, Manor enters F1 in 2015 after Marussia entered administration following last year’s Russian Grand Prix. Thanks to fresh investment, a shell operation is running at the beginning of the new year, meaning that although points are out of the question, a future is. Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens may lack F1 experience, but both are young and exciting prospects.

Sauber F1 Team

Reeling from its worst ever year in F1, Sauber had entered 2015 with hopes of a fresh start. However, before it even got out on track in Melbourne, a legal row with ex-reserve driver Giedo van der Garde has overshadowed its efforts. Uncertainty lingers, but if the team can stabilize itself, a better year may be in the offing with the improved C34 car.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”