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Felipe Nasr

Felipe Nasr
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2014
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

Is this the man to follow in the footsteps of the Fittipaldis, Piquets and Sennas of this world?

Brazil has an enviable F1 pedigree, so Felipe Nasr had better be ready for some challenging comparisons when he assumes the mantle with Sauber in 2015.

Like many of his predecessors from that great country he comes with substantial backing – Banco do Brasil is a long-time supporter and probably just as welcome in the Swiss camp as the driver himself.

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2014
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

Out of the frying pan into the fire?

That’s not meant unkindly as Marcus switches from the ill-fated Caterham team to Sauber; it’s just a salutary reminder that the Swiss team endured the worst season of its long F1 history in 2014 and has its work cut out to make significant improvement in 2015.

Ericsson only came into the F1 paddock last year, joining Caterham after long service in GP2 where fairly regular race wins over the years never quite added up to a title.

Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2014
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

Did it really happen, or was it a dream?

It seems hard to believe that Pastor Maldonado did actually win a Grand Prix in 2012 for Williams, and did so with some aplomb, fighting off the attentions of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari in front of the Spaniard’s home crowd in Barcelona in 2012.

The Venezuelan must also have felt it was all a long way away in 2014, when he endured a season with just two points – and they came only in the third-last race of the season in Austin.

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2014
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

Two top-10 finishes, eight World Championship points, 14th place overall: the bare statistics of Romain Grosjean’s 2014 season, his third full year as a Formula 1 driver, make pretty sorry reading.

It will be small consolation to the Swiss/French driver that he was two places and six points better off than teammate Pastor Maldonado, for Lotus – fourth in both 2012 and 2013 – were never in the hunt and finished in a remote eighth place, with only Marussia and Caterham behind them.

Carlos Sainz Jr

Carlos Sainz Jr
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2014
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

It’s a weird and wonderful world. At just 20 years of age, Carlos Sainz Junior is already the senior member of a Grand Prix team.

With Daniil Kvyat moving up to replace the departed Vettel at Red Bull Racing, the Madrid-born Spaniard gets his chance in the ‘junior’ team which originally overlooked him in favour of the 17-year-old Max Verstappen.

Sainz, son of double rally World Champion Carlos, arrives as the youngest World Series by Renault 3.5 champion in history.

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