If you are a Chicago Bulls fan then it behooves on you to know which team they will be facing in the championships. In Formula One, the same principle applies making it imperative to know the players to expect on the track.
If you live and love Formula One then you know that it is all systems go from March 15th at the Australian GP. From that point on, you will be eagerly waiting for the jewel of the F1 calendar, which is Monaco Grand Prix 2015.
As you start the countdown to May 21st, you need to know who will be on the circuit. Here is a brief overview:
Red Bull: This is the surprise package that gave F1 Sebastian Vettel, but the Austrian outfit will now feature Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil kvyat. With a Renault engine, the 4 time constructor’s title winners are under pressure to resume to winning. Their 50 race wins and 57 pole positions point to the latent potential as they celebrate their 10th anniversary in F1.
Mercedes: The German team has a self-powered engine which is a big advantage. Fresh from winning the constructors’ title and with 3 drivers’ championship titles to boot, it is the team to watch. With 29 race wins and 35 pole positions in 108 races, the only way to go is up for Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg have everything going for them and dethroning them might need a miracle, or does it?
Ferrari: The team is now characterized not by wins but musical chairs in management and drivers’ seats. Well, Vettel a four-time champion is replacing Alonso as the lead driver and will partner with Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion. With an impressive 221 overall wins in 890 races over 65 seasons, this is a team that oozes experience. This is a team that is rebuilding, but trust Vettel to push hard.
Williams: The British team based in Oxfordshire was a surprising 3rd in the constructors’ championship in 2014. However, 2015 is a new game altogether, and while the team of the experienced Felipe Massa and fast-learning Valtteri Botas is fine, Williams can’t challenge for the title. Its records are from a bygone era with 114 race wins and 128 pole positions, which most young fans can’t even recall. It is a tough call to say the least.
McLaren: The Surrey based British team was 5th in the constructors’ championship in 2014. However, the entry of Alonso, a double championship winner and a Monaco GP two time winner, will change things. With 182 race wins, 155 pole positions, this is a team that can leverage experience to do big things. Can Alonso and Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, optimize the new Honda engine to win races? The ongoing testing at Jerez puts a dark cloud on such hopes.
Force India: The Indian team finished an impressive 6th in the constructors’ championship and has not won a race in the 7 seasons it has competed. Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are in the drivers’ seats, but the outlook is anything but bright for the Silverstone based team.
Toro Rosso: This is Red Bull’s young drivers’ team, which features the youngest drivers in F1, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen. The two rookies are expected to light the track, but at their age, this is easier said than done.
Sauber: Pointless in the championships in 2014, this is a team in dire constraints though they got drivers who are willing to buy the seats. Missing preseason testing at Jerez is surely no way to set things right. Felipe Nasr will partner Max Ericsson for a team that has competed in 22 seasons and only won 1 race.
Lotus: The engine powered Lotus is improving if you believe one of the drivers Romain Grosjean. Well, if Pastor Maldonado won’t crash every time, the reconstructed car might win some points.
Now you know the players, just wait for the thrill at Monaco Grand Prix 2015.