ROSBERG FINISHES THE SEASON IN A BLAZE OF GLORY!
In the final grand prix of the year the German scored his sixth victory in 2015 followed home by his world champion team-mate. Daniel Ricciardo saw the flag in a low-key sixth place. Romain Grosjean scored a brilliant ninth-place finish.
Rosberg finishes in a blaze of glory!
Nico Rosberg clinched his sixth pole position on the bounce and strolled home to his third consecutive victory. In addition, he set the fastest lap in the race scoring the first grand slam of his career! The German has been unbeatable since his team-mate at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, wrapped up the 2015 F1 world title. The British driver explained his three second places by a suspension tweak that he has found it difficult to cope with for the past few weeks.
It was only Kimi Raïkkönen’s third top-3 finish of the season but it came at just the right moment. At the wire the Finn got the better of his fellow-countryman, Valterri Bottas, in the drivers’ championship classification, and snatched fourth place behind the two Mercedes and the other Ferrari in the hands of Sebastian Vettel who finished a stunning fourth after the Scuderia played with fire in qualifying. In the final classification of the drivers’ championship, the teams doubled up with the two Williams drivers in fifth and sixth places followed by the two Red Bulls and the two Force Indias.
Grosjean bows out on a high!
After being pushed back to 19th place (gearbox change) Romain Grosjean fought his way up through the field on an out-of-sync strategy and clinched the points that went with ninth place. It was a stunning performance on his last drive for the Lotus F1 team. Next year the Frenchman will race for the Haas-Ferrari outfit. At Infiniti Red Bull Racing Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat saw the flag in sixth and ninth places respectively after a challenging season.
“It was the best way to leave the team, scoring some good points and having a good race. The team deserves it and I’m very proud of the gift I’m leaving as a present. It’s been an emotional day for me and I’m so happy to be able to reward everyone at Enstone with points.”
Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team)
THE RED BULLS IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION
Rosberg again beat Hamilton to the chequered flag with Vettel in third place. The RB11s met with mixed fortunes with Kvyat in seventh place and Ricciardo eleventh. Grosjean came home eighth.
A new order at Mercedes
The Mercedes scored another double, their eleventh of the season, with Nico Rosberg leading home Lewis Hamilton as in Mexico two weeks ago. The German, who gives the impression that since he lost the title something has been liberated in him, set his fifth pole on the bounce and led the race in masterly fashion from start to finish apart from refuelling stops. Hamilton put his team-mate under intense pressure in the first stint of the race, but he was never in a position to mount an attack and a very disgruntled British driver saw the flag in second place. Rosberg’s victory guaranteed him the runner-up spot in the F1 world championship before the last race of the season, as he has 31 points in hand over Sebastian Vettel putting him outside the reach of his fellow-countryman. After its Mexican disaster Ferrari resumed its role of nearest challenger to the Mercedes, and the red cars from Maranello were the only other runners to finish on the same lap as the leader with Vettel over 30 seconds in front of Kimi Raïkkönen, whose race strategy was odd to say the least. None of the other cars could match the pace of these four; not even the Williams as Valterri Bottas finished fifth a lap behind the winner.
Hard-charging Red Bulls
Daniel Ricciardo had the new updated Renault engine, but didn’t find much of a performance gain; and in addition he had to start from the last row due to a 10-place penalty. So it was up to Daniil Kvyat to lead the Red Bulls’ charge in a tightly-packed field (behind the Mercedes).
Throughout the race the Russian was locked in battle with a reinvigorated Nico Hulkenberg to whom he had to give way in the closing laps crossing the line in seventh place. On the other hand, Ricciardo’s gamble – first tyre change on lap 3 – didn’t pay off, and the Australian finished eleventh just outside the points after Massa had been excluded because his tyre pressure was too high before the start. Romain Grosjean shone on the Interlagos circuit in a Lotus that never missed a beat and the Frenchman pulled off some spectacular overtaking moves. He came home eighth in front of Max Verstappen who racked up his sixth consecutive points-scoring finish, a record for a Toro Rosso driver!
Christian Horner (Infiniti red Bull Racing):
“We knew this was going to be a difficult track for us and we were proved right this afternoon, even though the team and the drivers did their utmost to bring home the best possible result. Overtaking is very difficult here and we couldn’t match the pace of the quickest cars down the straight: we clearly weren’t alone in this as only four cars finished on the lead lap.”
Next round: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina – 29 November 2015)
THE RB11S FINISH JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP 3
Rosberg beats Hamilton to victory. A good result for Infiniti Red Bull Racing with Kvyat and Ricciardo finishing fourth and fifth. Grosjean bags point for 10th place.
Mercedes lock out the top 3
The three drivers on the Mexican podium all had Mercedes engines, yet further proof of the German manufacturer’s supremacy since the change to the V6 turbo hybrids last year. Nico Rosberg hit back in the best possible fashion by starting from pole and fending off the attacks of Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps of the grand prix to win the race in style. As a result the German retook second place in the drivers’ classification from fellow-countryman, Sebastian Vettel, who was eliminated by an accident. It was a disastrous weekend for Ferrari as Raïkkönen also retired, the first time that both red cars failed to see the flag since Australia 2006!
In addition to another easy double by Mercedes Valterri Bottas was back in the limelight with third place in his Williams powered by the same unit. It was his first top-3 finish since the Canadian GP after his last two races had ended in retirement. This result helped him to snatch fourth place in the drivers’ championship ratings from fellow-countryman, Kimi Raïkkönen.
Red Bull Racing brings its 2 cars home in the top 5
Daniil Kvyat just missed out on his second top-3 finish of the season as he was passed by Valterri Bottas when the race restarted after Sebastian Vettel’s accident. The Russian had to make do with fourth place in front of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who had a coming-together with Vettel when the cars braked for the first time on lap 1. The two Red Bull Racing RB11s were under threat from Felipe Massa’s Williams in the closings stages of the race.
Nico Hülkenberg was back in the points with a more upbeat performance which netted him seventh place in front of team-mate, Sergio Perez. The revelation of the year, Dutch prodigy Max Verstappen, scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2015 while Romain Grosjean clinched the final point on offer with tenth spot.
Daniil Kvyat (Infiniti red Bull Racing):
“As a team I think we did a perfect job, scoring solid points from a solid race. The podium was very close and we were fighting until the end, but on the restart after the safety car we didn’t have enough pace on the straight and Williams went full bananas, so Bottas passed me quite easily. It was a shame about not getting on the podium, I thought we deserved it today but that’s racing and we have to accept it. We’ve been very strong this weekend and the track has suited us quite well. I think this weekend showed we can be champions if we get back on the path. I believe in this team, I believe in us and I believe in our future.”
Next round: Grand Prix of Brazil (Sao Paulo – Interlagos – 15th November)
HAMILTON CLINCHES THIRD F1 WORLD TITLE!*
The British driver won a thrilling action-packed grand prix to clinch his third F1 world title. Infiniti Red Bull Racing was poorly rewarded for its efforts with Ricciardo seeing the flag in tenth place.
Lewis comes out on top
Although beaten by his team-mate in the chase for pole position, Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the first corner with an aggressive move up the inside on a wet track. The race was then broken up into a series of sprints between the change to slicks, two virtual safety car periods plus two deployments of the safety car itself. The Mercedes got the better of the Red Bulls and Rosberg took the lead hoping to extend the battle for the title until Mexico. But Hamilton pounced on a mistake by the German and drove on to his tenth victory of the year and the 2015 F1 world title. It’s the first time in the history of the sport that a British driver has won the title two years running. Vettel in third place completed the top 3.
Daniel and Daniil fail to fulfill early promise
Daniel Ricciardo scored the final point by seeing the flag in 10th place, which was a meagre reward for the efforts of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team in Austin. The RB 11s were very quick on the wet track and locked out the second row behind the Mercedes. They then battled for victory with the German cars for almost half the race with Ricciardo in the lead for a time and Kvyat close behind in third. But as the track began to dry out the Red Bulls’ performance on slicks dropped off. The situation was not helped by Ricciardo’s car being damaged in a coming-together on lap 36. Shortly afterwards, Kvyat spun off into the barriers and retired.
Christian Horner (Team Principal, Infiniti Red Bull Racing):
“During the first half of the race the performance of our cars looked really encouraging. We were very competitive on the intermediate tyres, which allowed Ricciardo to take the lead and build on it, before we made a double stop, bringing both cars in together. The mechanics worked very well to turn them round with Kvyat in third place. So we looked in good shape at that point, but unfortunately, our pace on the dry tyres was simply not as competitive as the Mercedes and the Ferrari. We struggled to get the tyres up to temperature at the re-starts, especially after the second Safety Car period. After that, our race unravelled with Daniil’s accident. Daniel was involved in a collision with Sainz and that meant he needed a further pit stop, after which he fought back to grab the last available point on the last lap. A disappointing finish after a strong start. Finally, congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on defending his World Championship title. He’s a deserving champion.”
*Subject to the publication of the official results by the FIA.
Next round: Grand Prix of Mexico (1st November)
HAMILTON ON COURSE FOR THE TITLE
After his victory at Sochi and Rosberg’s retirement the British driver is on course for his third world title, while Mercedes has already clinched the constructors’ world championship.*
A big step
Although Nico Rosberg set pole position in front of Hamilton, the German never had the opportunity to display his skills as he suffered accelerator pedal problems leading to his retirement on lap 8. Hamilton’s ninth victory of the season has given him a 73-point lead over his team-mate with 100 points still up for grabs. The British driver now looks set to wrap up his third world title, while Mercedes has clinched the first leg of another double as the team has already won the constructors’ trophy.
Vettel in the runner-up spot?
Sebastian Vettel scored his 11th top-3 finish of the season overtaking Nico Rosberg in the overall classification. The German can spoil Mercedes’ perfect season if he manages to stay in front of his fellow-countryman. This further underlines his superb debut at Ferrari, the only team able to take the fight to the Silver Arrows this year.
Perez on the podium
Sergio Perez finished in the top 3 for the fifth time in his career thanks to a well-timed pit stop during the second race neutralisation and a long stint on soft tyres. It’s Force India’s second podium finish since its creation.
Daniil does the job
Daniil Kvyat’s great fifth place on home turf even though he started from eleventh on the grid saved Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s bacon, while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo retired (suspension). Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) quit the dance on lap 12 after an accident.
Christian Horner (Team Principal, Infiniti Red Bull Racing):
“A real shame for Daniel. With the early safety car we took a risk to go for an early stop switching him to the harder tyre and thereafter he made it work fantastically well, keeping the faster cars of Bottas and Raïkkönen behind him until losing time with a backmarker, which allowed Bottas to get past him. Shortly after that, the car developed what we suspect is a suspension issue, which caused his retirement. When the safety car came out, we elected to cover our options and with Dany we went for a more conventional strategy. Finishing P5, having started 11th, is a respectable result in his home race.”
Next round: United States of America Grand Prix (Austin – 25 October)
*Subject to the publication of the official results by the FIA.
HAMILTON BACK ON TOP!
The world no. 1 clinched victory at Suzuka in front of Rosberg and Vettel. Romain Grosjean saw the flag in seventh place, while both Infiniti Red Bull Renaults finished outside the points.
Mercedes racked up its eighth double of the 2015 season with Lewis Hamilton back in top form after his retirement in Singapore. The British driver, beaten in qualifying by his teammate Nico Rosberg, took his revenge in the opening seconds of the race. He went on to score an easy victory without ever coming under threat. He has increased his lead over the German in the F1 drivers’ world championship to 48 points. Hamilton’s 41st win equals the total of the late, great Ayrton Senna in the F1 record books.
First finish outside the points
Infiniti Red Bull Racing failed to score points for the first time this season. A week after being on the second step of the podium in Marina Bay, Daniel Ricciardo couldn’t do any better than fifteenth in Japan. The Australian was in seventh place on the grid, but a tangle with Felipe Massa’s Williams in the first corner which caused a puncture on his left-hand rear tyre, shattered his hopes of a good result, hence a simple race at the rear of the field. Daniil Kvyat came home in 13th place after starting from the pits, his car had to be rebuilt after his big shunt in qualifying.
Another outstanding race from Grosjean
Romain Grosjean was eighth on the grid and seventh at the chequered flag, his sixth points-scoring finish this season. It was another outstanding display by the French in difficult conditions. His six points have propelled him into ninth place in the drivers’ world championship standings.
Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) :
”We finished with both cars in the points so I’m definitely happy with that! When it came to my own race we were a little bit slow against the Force India. We tried to fight Nico Hulkenberg but couldn’t. I really struggled with the tyres at the end – it seems the new Pirelli limits hurt us more than our rivals so we’ll work around that for the next race. Overall though, we’ve had a good result as a team.”
Next round: GP of Russia (Sotchi – 11 October)
Singapore puts a smile back on Ricciardo’s face!
The Australian driver in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team finished on the second step of the podium while victory went to Sébastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton retired and Nico Rosberg came home fourth.
Vettel could influence the outcome of the title chase
In Singapore the four-time world champion confirmed that he is the only driver capable of stopping the Lewis Hamilton/Nico Rosberg steamroller or at least of being the first to benefit from their slip-ups. He scored his third victory of the season from pole position that Mercedes had occupied for the previous 23 grand prix. In both qualifying and the race the Silver Arrows suffered from a lack of grip in the hot conditions, and from the fact that the circuit had few of the fast corners in which they excel. Rosberg had to make do with fourth place scoring valuable points as his English team-mate retired due to power unit problems. Ferrari took full advantage of this mishap and Kimi Raïkkönen came home third putting two red cars on the podium for the first time in 45 grand prix.
Daniel seizes his chance
Daniel Ricciardo’s second place was his second top-3 finish in 2015 and his best result of the season so far. He started on the front row with Sébastian Vettel and was glued to the German’s gearbox when the chequered flag fell. The Australian got the best out of the RB11, which was very much at home on this atypical layout. Daniil Kvyat, who also shone in qualifying setting the fourth-fastest time, finished sixth as he was caught out by the safety car when a place in the top 3 looked a real possibility.
Grosjean outside the points
Romain Grosjean was in Q3 for the tenth time this year. In the race itself he defended his place in the points helped by a clever strategic undercut. However, the Frenchman was unable to fend off the Toro Rossos and Saubers and retired within sight of the finish.
Daniel Ricciardo (Infiniti Red Bull Racing):
“I think this was our best chance of a win and we got close, so we can be proud of what we did,” he said afterward. “We have made the most of our opportunities here. At the start Seb just went away and then I was coming back to him and if it hadn’t been for the Safety Car, we’d have got pretty close and maybe an undercut would have been possible at the pit stop. Making both stops under the safety car affected our chances and I think that dictated the race really. We got the fastest lap right at the end and we can be proud of that. Moving forward, Suzuka is usually a good track for us, although I don’t expect to do as well as there, but we can aim for the top five. It’s good to get another podium, I’m really happy for the team. The last few races the chassis has really come alive so thanks to the guys for that.”
Next round: GP of Japan (Suzuka – 27 September)
THE RB11S IN THE TOP 10
Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat finished in the points at Monza where Lewis Hamilton scored another victory consolidating his world championship lead.
The world no. 1 scores a dominant win
After setting his seventh pole position on the bounce on Saturday at Monza, Lewis Hamilton is now only one away from the record held by Ayrton Senna (8 between 1988 and 1989). Above all, yesterday when the lights went out the world no.1 took the lead and clinched an uncontested victory, his seventh of the season, while his team-mate Nico Rosberg had to retire with engine failure.
The British has opened up a big gap in the drivers’ classification and he has 53 points in hand over his German rival. The latter now has Sebastian Vettel, who finished second in front of the tifosi, looming in his rear-view mirror as the German is only 21 points behind the Mercedes driver. Felipe Massa put on a stunning performance to finish third in front of the second Williams in the hands of Valtteri Bottas followed home by Kimi Raïkkönen in fifth place after a superb comeback, and the two Force Indias whose new specification has put them back among the front-runners.
Ricciardo steals the show!
Australian Daniel Ricciardo relegated to 19th place on the grid (penalty due to the changes of parts on his Renault power unit), drove a superb race and saw the flag in eighth place in the Italian Grand Prix. As Danill Kvyat finished tenth Infiniti Red Bull Racing put its two RB11s in the points for the sixth time this season in 12 grand prix.
After his remarkable top-3 finish at Spa Romain Grosjean had no chance to show his skills at Monza despite starting from eighth place on the grid. The French’s Lotus was harpooned by Felipe Nasr’s Sauber in the first chicane, and he had to retire on the second lap because a rear suspension element was damaged in the coming-together with the Brazilian’s car.
Next round: Singapore GP (Marina Bay – 20 September)
TOP-3 FINISH FOR GROSJEAN!
The French driver scored a superb third place on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on which Hamilton won giving himself a little breathing space in the world championship classification.
Romain’s tenacity pays off!
The French driver set the fourth-quickest time in Saturday’s qualifying session, his best result since his third place on the grid for the 2013 United States Grand Prix. He was penalised for a gearbox change and pushed back to the fifth row. In the race itself he gave a stunning demonstration of his skills behind the wheel by finishing in third place. Romain really worked hard for his tenth podium finish using consistency and opportunism. Thanks to this excellent result he is now lying ninth in the F1 Drivers’ World Championship ratings.
Hamilton dominates in the Ardennes
The world no. 1 chalked up his sixth victory in 2015, and he again proved that when it comes to chasing pole positions, he has no equals (10 in 11 GPs). He finished in front of his team-mate Nico Rosberg who he now leads by 28 points in the F1 title chase: they gave Mercedes its seventh double of the 2015 season.
Sebastian Vettel, the Silver Arrows’ main challenger, had a bad day at the office as he retired after a blow-out on his Ferrari’s right-hand rear tyre.
Daniil passes Daniel
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers met with mixed fortunes. A hard-charging Daniil Kvyat came home fourth in the Belgian Grand Prix while Daniel Ricciardo was let down by his power unit after 19 laps. The Russian now leads his Aussie team-mate in the world championship.
Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team):
“I really enjoyed myself this weekend. As soon as I did the first few laps in the car I knew it was great. This was proved true in qualifying and again in the race. We reckoned we had a chance of a podium finish as we were very quick all weekend. I can’t really explain the reason for this improvement. All I know is that there are around one hundred people who work like crazy to make the car better. I did my very best to reward them. For us this podium is as good as a victory!”
Next round: Italy GP (Monza – 6 September)
TOP-3 FINISHES FOR KVYAT AND RICCIARDO
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers fill second and third places at the Hungaroring behind Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel scores his second 2015 victory!
Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, (who now has 41 wins to his name equalling Ayrton Senna) scored their second victory of the 2015 season. The Scuderia looked on course to clinch its first double since the 2010 German Grand Prix until Kimi Räikkönen was forced to retire because of a failure of the MGU-K.
The RB11s put on a thrilling show
Danill Kvyat took the chequered flag in second place, his best-ever result in his F1 career. Daniel Ricciardo, who was lying second a few laps from the end, fell back to third after a coming-together with Rosberg.
A race to forget for Mercedes!
The end of the run: the German manufacturer arrived in Hungary after a string of 29 consecutive top-3 finishes. But it was a black Sunday for the three-pointed star. Lewis Hamilton had to make do with sixth after an off-track excursion at the start, a pit stop that went on for ever and a penalty. Nico Rosberg seemed to have wrapped up second place, but he finally saw the flag in eighth spot after tagging Daniel Ricciardo.
Daniil Kvyat (Infiniti Red Bull Racing):
“it’s been a very tough year, race, everything, but I think as a team we all deserve this podium very much. After Turn One I thought my race was over to be honest, because I had such a massive flat spot I could hardly stay on track. But then the team told me to keep pushing. Today I really learned what it means to never give up because it can always come your way.”
Next round: Belgium GP (23 August)