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EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

2015 Formula 1® Regulations

The following decisions were taken at the World Motor Sport Council 2014 in Doha with regards to regulations governing Formula 1 in 2015:

Points

Points for both titles will no longer be doubled for the final Event of the Championship.

Standing Restarts

After consultation with the Teams who raised a number of safety concerns, Articles 42.7 and 42.8 on standing restarts have been rescinded.

New challenges for some, same for others

Last weekend’s announcement that Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015 leaves just two teams with question-marks over their line-ups for the new season.

In the case of Caterham, the question-mark hovers over the team’s whole future. Despite the bullish optimism they showed in Abu Dhabi, their fan-funded finale to a difficult 2014, there is a world of difference between a one-off race and a marathon F1 season.

Sebastian Vettel debuts for Scuderia Ferrari

Four time World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, got acquainted with his new surroundings as he spent his first weekend in Maranello (as a Scuderia Ferrari driver).

The weekend resulted in two days of intense work, in which Vettel dedicated himself to the track and the simulator. Sebastian completed almost 100 laps around the Fiorano circuit on Saturday in the F2012 and Sunday was entirely simulator work, where Vettel put in some long sessions of driving on the “virtual” F14 T, gaining confidence with its procedures, commands and the power unit’s systems.

Different year, different Dan

“In this environment now I feel I am a different driver and in a way a different person, a different sportsman than I was last year.”

The speaker is Daniel Ricciardo, the 25-year-old Australian who was the star of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship behind the three-pointed stars of Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton takes second title as Rosberg runs out of steam

The fireworks erupted in the night sky as Lewis Hamilton crossed the Abu Dhabi finish line to win the race and seal his second World Championship, but in truth the race that did it turned out something of a damp squib.

Two factors crucial in motor racing – reflexes and reliability – made the difference on a night when the much-hyped double points system thankfully was not required to separate Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

After 18 races and a thousand or so laps, it was a fifth of a second that tipped the scales in Hamilton’s favour.

What it all comes down to...

… is Formula 1 history in the making before our very eyes in the United Arab Emirates this weekend.

For the first time in its 65-year existence Grand Prix racing will award double points to the top 10 drivers in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – and that innovation could be crucial in deciding which driver wins the title.

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