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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel
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Team F1 Debut
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A question for you: what was Sebastian Vettel’s race number before he took the World Champion’s #1 on his car in 2011?

It seems a long time since he carried anything else, doesn’t it? But if you said ‘5’, then well remembered.

Now it’s not just World Champion status that has gone, but Red Bull team membership as well, as Vettel succumbs to the magnetic attraction of Maranello and tries his hand as a Ferrari driver – like his compatriot and role model, the great Michael Schumacher, before him.

Can Vettel work the same magic at Maranello as Michael did?

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas
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Team F1 Debut
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If you remember last year’s Australian race in any detail you will recall that Valtteri Bottas got slightly carried away at one stage and hit the wall out on the eastern side of the circuit, calling the Safety Car into action.

Fortunately for the young Finn he was able to get going again and claw his way back through the field for a fighting fifth place – and, more importantly, he filed the experience away in the ‘Things I have learned’ folder for future use.

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa
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Mark it down as a red-letter day.

Spielberg, June 21st, 2014: the day Felipe Massa claimed his 16th pole position – and his first since the final race of the 2008 season, where he came so close to being World Champion.

With teammate Valtteri Bottas alongside him for the Austrian Grand Prix, it was the first all-Williams front row since the German Grand Prix of 2003, a moment that underlined the enduring feel-good factor that Sir Frank’s team can generate.

Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat
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Team F1 Debut
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“A little bit rough around the edges.”

That’s Red Bull Racing chief Christian Horner’s assessment of the man from Ufa (look it up) who has come in to occupy the cockpit vacated by Sebastian Vettel, now in the scarlet red of Ferrari.

Horner should know: the GP3 team under his ownership was the cradle from which Kvyat emerged as champion at the end of 2013 to take his baby-faced looks and sheer speed into the ultimate racing theatre.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo
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Team F1 Debut
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Daniel Ricciardo has taken up sledging.

No, he hasn’t changed sports: in the week where cricket’s rulers at last decided it was time to do something about the blight on their game, Dan the Man was really sledging – in the snow at a Red Bull driver day.

Appropriate, somehow, for the coolest guy in the F1 paddocks these days, and entirely in line with his happy-go-lucky image.

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg
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Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2014
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Away from the cockpit the multi-lingual Rosberg’s interests range from the physical, like soccer and triathlons, to the intellectual, like chess and backgammon – not your typical modern F1 star. He’s also a man with a sense of history.

While in Berlin for a fashion show appearance early this year Nico took time out for a few selfies, all taken at key points in 20th-century history such as Checkpoint Charlie, the notorious border crossing between the western and eastern sectors of that tragically divided city.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
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World Champions are busy blokes.

Since clinching his second title in November Lewis has collected the coveted BBC television Sports Personality of the Year Award, signed up with media agency Purple PR, appeared at the Louis Vuitton Menswear show, posted shots of himself having a day out in his Pagani Zonda and done all sorts of other fun things to celebrate his achievement.

Ferrari quickest as Mercedes pile on the laps in testing

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have given the Ferrari faithful plenty to get excited about during the first test at Jerez in Spain, topping three of the four days.

The outright pace of the SF15-T was complemented by long runs, including 106 laps for Raikkonen on the final day, but it was World Champions Mercedes that dominated the lap counter with well over 400 laps for the test.

“Over the winter, we have made a good step forward and this car is definitely an improvement over the 2014 one,” Raikkonen said.

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