Formula 1

What Can We Expect From F1 In 2015?

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Now that we’ve entered 2015 it’s now time to look forward the coming season instead of looking back on the old, we have plenty to look forward to in the coming months.

Revival of McLaren-Honda

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In 2013 McLaren announced that they would be re-uniting with legendary engine partners Honda, after their abrupt retreat from the sport at the end of 2008 it was hard to imagine them returning to the sport so soon, with the new hybrid engine regulations it seems that they’ve been tempted back into the fray of F1, It also appears that they are not coming back to just make up numbers on the grid. Honda have invested heavily into their new engine program as well as the McLaren team and have stated that they want to be winning upon their return, signing Fernando Alonso and keeping Jenson Button is the best line-up possible to do the job as well as I have said in a previous article. Honda wanted a big name signing to join the team and in bringing Fernando in certain has done that. We’ll have to see in winter testing if there are any signs of improvement from the Woking outfit.

Vettel’s move to Ferrari

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Towards the end of 2013 we found out Sebastian was leaving Red Bull Racing, his home since he was a young boy, it was confirmed nearer the end of the season that the poorest secret of all was that he was joining the Ferrari team alongside Kimi Raikkonen. With Ferrari in a massive state of rebuilding it would be hard pressed to imagine Ferrari fighting up the sharp end of the field, but with James Allison the chief designer finally developing the new car all the way through and massive restructurings in personnel with a new team principal in Maurizio Arrivabene and including poaching Jock Clear from Mercedes, Ferrari’s position on the grid this season will be a massive mystery, Sebastian’s idol was Michael Schumacher and he has said he would love to emulate him by helping rebuild Ferrari, question is. How long if at all will we see a Ferrari revival?

Continued Mercedes domination

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2014 saw Mercedes take the grid by storm in the all conquering W05, it was an engineering masterpiece that finally broke McLaren’s record of 15wins in a season, had Mercedes not have reliability issues they could have easily won all 19 races. It has been reported the Mercedes engine developers have said that they can find up to 60-100hp in the winter break for the new hybrid engines, this is an astonishing amount given the short time they have to achieve this. The W05 will also be evolved into the W06 this year, with any team always looking to improve the cars can the gap to them be closed down by anyone else or will the gap widen even more and leave Lewis and Nico to fight out the title once again?

Mexico’s Comeback On The Calendar

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In 2013 we heard rumblings that the sport may once again return the to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, in 2014 we finally had it confirmed, the last race we saw here was in 1992 (see picture above) with Nigel Mansell won it from Ricardo Patrese and Michael Schumacher following him up to the rostrum. The circuit is very fast and flowing but was renowned for being very bumpy, with some funds being invested into the circuit to bring up to modern standards. I’m also hoping that while improvements have been made, the circuit will keep it’s traits and give the drivers a great challenge when we arrive for the event in the autumn. With Sergio Perez being the only Mexican on the grid for the race as Esteban Guttierez was ousted from Sauber, I would like to hope that Ferrari will give Esteban a Friday outing but with it being a new circuit I doubt that it may happen. It’ll be great to get all nostalgic once we arrive ready to begin a new future in Central America.

Overview

With winter testing not very far away, like me I’m sure you’re all very keen for the action to get started once more, we can breathe a sigh of relief that the phallic noses are banned but we can also hold our breathe because the teams are only allowed to use 4 engines this season instead of 5 this means a huge undertaking for the engineers and designers, but it’s all part of the magical and wonderful world of F1 we all come back for time and time again.

69 days and counting until Australia.. Time is ticking!

@lilgodf1

 

 

Schumacher: A Year On

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Today marks a year onwards from Michael’s horrific accident in the French Alps, it’s been good news to hear of late that he has made substantial gains in his recovery so far, we know that he has still a long way to go, but considering that state of his injuries, we are sure he can continue on the upward trend.

We will always remember Michael for his great achievements and the record books will always hold him at the top of many statistics, many of which may never be beaten.

He is a brief overview of his past year:
December 29 2013: Michael hits his head on rocks while skiing with friends and his son near the French resort of Meribel. He was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital suffering “a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention”.

December 30: A press conference was called at Grenoble Hospital, doctors described Schumacher’s condition as being “extremely serious”. After a second operation, lasting two hours, was carried out in order to reduce the swelling on his brain.

December 31: Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager, accuses a “journalist dressed as a priest” of attempting to gain access to his hospital room.

January 4 2014: With Schumacher remaining in a medically-induced coma, a statement from the hospital describes his condition as “critical but stable”.

January 8: After an initial investigation into the crash concludes that speed “did not appear to be an important factor” and finds that Schumacher was around eight metres off piste when he hit his head on a rock.

January 30: In the first official update from Schumacher’s family in almost a month, it was revealed that ‘Michael’s sedation was to be reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process.

February 17: Prosecutors in France close their investigation into the crash, ruling: “No one was found to have committed any offence.”

March 12: Schumacher’s family thank fans for their support and reveal that “there sometimes are small, encouraging signs”.

April 4: A new statement from Schumacher’s family describes Michael as showing “moments of consciousness and awakening”.

June 24: Sabine Kehm reveals that files purported to contain Schumacher’s medical details have been stolen and offered for sale.

July 18: In the programme notes for the German GP, Corinna Schumacher thanks fans for their messages of support.

September 9: Schumacher left Lausanne Hospital to continue his rehabilitation at home

November 13: Schumacher’s website is reopened to mark the 20th anniversary of his first F1 title.

Below I feel I have found what is a fitting montage to Michael’s illustrious career

McLaren’s indecision

IMG_1470.JPGEver since the Japanese Grand Prix, when Sebastian Vettel announced he was leaving Red Bull, the team he had been with since he was 12 years old, Fernando Alonso has been linked with leaving the Scuderia since the halfway point in the season, but all rumours point to his return at McLaren, the team he had a massive falling out with in 2007 costing the team over €100m and disqualification from the constructor’s championship because of the spy scandal.

Now for 2015 Fernando is all but confirmed to head back to the Woking outfit once more, but there seems to be a massive indecision within the board as to who will fill the other seat.

3 contenders seem to be in play, Jenson Button veteran of 15 years in F1 and a world championship to his name, Kevin Magnussen, McLaren young driver who had a unsteady first season but seems to show good promise and Stoffel Vandoorne, another McLaren young driver who seems to be very quick also, grabbing 2nd in his rookie season in GP2 he has certainly turned some heads in his direction.

But who will they choose to partner the spaniard? If rumours are to be believed he has signed the biggest contract in the sport’s history, Honda no doubt have had some push into signing him as they want a winning start in 2015 on their return to F1.

The board will reconvene during the week to again try and find the best driver to fill that seat for 2015 and beyond.

Who will get the seat? Time will tell.