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Battle of the Teammates : Formula 1 2015 Season

Battle of the Teammates : Formula 1 2015 Season

The 2015 Formula 1 season again proved to be a dominant one, with Mercedes accumulating 704 points, a record, after winning 16 of the 19 races on the calendar. They were the outright winners in terms of speed on track and Ferrari could only beat the Silver Arrows in 3 races on outright pace and a bit of luck in terms of the risky strategy going the way of the Maranello based team. Even though the battle for the top was not interesting, the drivers raced to their level best to finish as high as possible on the driver’s ranking.

But the first thing that a driver aims to achieve during a season is to beat his teammate as they have the same piece of machinery under their belt, meaning that only skill would separate the two at the end. The battle between Rosberg and Hamilton was the most frequent and probably the most intense of the battles of the teammates during the season and it was mostly for the lead of the race and for the driver’s championship. In the end, Hamilton proved to be the better driver winning the title at Austin but lacked what it took to win the remaining 3 races of the season.

Jules Bianchi, who had suffered severe head injuries in 2014 at the Japanese Grand Prix passed away before the Hungarian Grand Prix. A moment of silence was held before the race for the Marussia and Ferrari Academy driver and the top 3 at the race dedicated their podiums to the Frenchman

2015 saw many driver lineups change, the most prominent ones being Vettel moving to Ferrari and Alonso moving to McLaren to drive alongside Kimi Raikkenon and Jenson Button respectively. Daniil Kvyat was promoted to Red Bull and Toro Rosso chose the young lineup of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen who proved their worth by impressing everyone in the paddock by their performances. Marrusia(now Manor) came out of administration but could not take part in the Australian Grand Prix. They fielded Will Stevens and Roberto Mehri. Sauber released their two drivers who still had a contract with Sauber and signed Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, meaning their start to the season was marred by controversies and an out of court settlement with Giedo Van Der Garde who proclaimed his right to a seat with team.

Here we look at how drivers fared against their teammates in ascending order of the constructor’s positions of their respective teams.

The final driver standings are as follows :

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 381
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 322
3 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 278
4 Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari 150
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes 136
6 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes 121
7 Daniil Kvyat Infiniti Red Bull-Renault 95
8 Daniel Riccardo Infiniti Red Bull-Renault 92
9 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India-Mercedes 78
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India-Mercedes 58
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 51
12 Max Verstappen Scuderia Toro Rosso-Renault 49
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber 27
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 27
15 Carlos Sainz Jr Scuderia Toro Rosso-Renault 18
16 Jenson Button McLaren Honda 16
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 11
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 9
19 Will Stevens Manor Marussia-Ferrari 0
20 Roberto Merhi Manor Marussia-Ferrari 0
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