Monthly Archives: May 2015
With 15 laps remaining in the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, everything seemed set for a predictable finish. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was nearly 20 seconds ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, and was expected to become the seventh straight pole-sitter to take victory in the principality.
In-race refuelling in Formula One was banned for the 2010 season in an effort to save costs. Clearly that goal has not been accomplished, as spending continues to spiral out of control and lower-budget teams scramble to pay their bills.
At the Bahrain Grand Prix last month, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen ended a 25-race streak without a podium finish. Only one other time in his Formula One career had he gone even 17 races without finishing in the top three—and those were the first 17 races of his career, in 2001 with Sauber.
It seems we can no longer go a week without some new threat from Red Bull to pull out of Formula One. The latest, at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, was vocalized by Helmut Marko, team adviser and talent-spotter extraordinaire.
It took 182 days, but Nico Rosberg finally beat his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton again in a Formula One race on Sunday at the Spanish Grand Prix.
In the 2014 Formula One season, the first grid penalty for exceeding the power unit component limit was not handed out until Daniil Kvyat received one at the Italian Grand Prix, the 13th race of the season. In total, only six penalties were assessed.
Last weekend’s resignation of Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piech has potentially opened the door for the company to enter Formula One. Piech and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone have an acrimonious relationship and last December, the BBC’s Andrew Benson wrote, “At least one of them would need to leave their current position before a VW Group brand could enter F1.”