The brand new season of Formula 1 – the premier racing event in the world begins this week!
The F1 Australian GP will inaugurate the 2015 season and the race is scheduled to be held on 15th March after practice and qualifying sessions on 13th and 14th March respectively. The season’s showdown will happen at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on 29th November.
There is a lot of buzz this year, thanks to the youth brigade that has entered the world of Formula 1 and the transfer of key players to other teams. Hamilton is already raring to go forward in order to clinch another world title, but he is being closely monitored by the other previous world champions Alonso, Vettel, Button and Raikkonen.
However, there are five key topics that seem to be on every F1 lover’s mind currently:
Fernando Alonso’s Horrific Crash
McLaren’s crash in Barcelona during winter testing has currently ruled him out of the Australian GP. He is still recuperating in hospital from post-traumatic stress and memory loss.
McLaren’s MP4-30 engines are already performing dismally in the testing, Alonso’s concussion has also hit them with uncertainty since a test driver will be taking his place until he is fit to race this season.
Max Verstappen driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso will smash the record of being the youngest ever driver in F1 currently held by Jaime Alguersuari.
He will be aged 17 years and 166 days during Sunday’s race. He is the son of famous ex-F1 racer Jos Verstappen.
His teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. is also young, just 20 years old! Red Bull’s Russian driver DaniilKyvat is also 20 and Sauber’sdriver Felipe Nasr has just turned 22.
Manor Marussia’s drivers Roberto Mehriand Will Stevens are also the same age. This is going to be a superb season for the young drivers.
The Infamous Hamilton And Rosberg Rivalry
If the Pre-season’s testing results are to be considered, then Mercedes is all set to clinch the driver’s and constructor’s championship once again for sure! The only question is who will take the helm? Hamilton or Rosberg?
Their relations already turned sour when last season Hamilton clinched crucial points in the final race to outperform Rosberg, who was doing equally well all season.
It’s up to them to decide whether it is a team event or a personal battle.
Sauber’s Unnerving “Seatgate” Controversy
It all began when Sauber’s former reserve driver Giedo van der Gardehad won a court ruling which ordered Sauber to let him drive the car in Melbourne, after he had claimed that they didn’t fulfil promises made in his contract and retracted their undertaking to turn him into a pro-driver from a test pilot.
The problem with the Swiss team is that it prefers to promote the heavily-sponsored young drivers like Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr.
Experts claim that van der Gardeshouldn’t have done this now since it would be very difficult for him to drive an unfamiliar car with the race set to begin in a few days.
Sebastian Vettel’s Induction Into The Ferrari Camp
He could have won four straight titles under Red Bull’s reign, but the pressure of underperforming in the last season forced him to switch over to Ferrari.
Vettel will now look forward to rejuvenate Ferrari that has been suffering ever since Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barichello and Michael Schumacher left Ferrari.
Ferrari, the biggest and richest team won a world title last in 2008 and are hoping to rise again after the inclusion of a brand new team-principal Maurizio Arrivabene who hopes this year could be their pot of luck!
The Australian GP will be held at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne from 13th to 15th March at 10:30 am IST. If you are an F1 lover, mark your calendar now for an exciting year of F1 madness.